“unusual betting” may reveal Apprentice finalists; Crest happy with last week’s ep.

“unusual betting” may reveal Apprentice finalists; Crest happy with last week’s ep.
A betting site that has previously halted betting on reality TV shows has stopped betting on The Apprentice 2. As a company rep told the AP, “When this has happened before, it’s because someone has known the outcome.” This has actually happened four times before, most recently when a number of unusual bets were placed on Survivor Pearl Islands winner Sandra Diaz-Twine. The AP’s story marks where the potential spoilers begin; in it, BetWWTS reveals that the “unusual betting pattern on two contestants” were $300 bets placed on both (highlight to read) Jennifer Massey and Kelly Perdew. Only time will tell if they turn out to be the final two. Elsewhere in Apprentice-land, Crest is thrilled with its product placement on last week’s episode. After the episode aired, “Procter & Gamble Co. logged 4.7 million hits to the product’s Web site. … the highest level of online interest in a single product launch in P&G history,” American City Business Journals reports.
+ don’t forget: The show airs tonight instead of Thursday this week to make room for the first presidential debate.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.