trying to define itself as a reality comedy network, TBS orders new show concepts.

trying to define itself as a reality comedy network, TBS orders new show concepts.
As part of TBS’ “plans to boost its new image as a comedy-centered network with quirky reality shows, not original sitcoms,” the network has ordered a number of new reality show concepts, the AP reports. The shows will be pitched and produced by two companies, Nash Entertainment and Coquette Productions. Nash created TBS’ first reality series, Outback Jack, while the latter is the production company owned and run by Courteney Cox and David Arquette. A TBS VP tells the AP, “We are trying to pioneer a genre we call comedic reality. It takes two great aspects of comedy–unpredictability and relatability–and mixes it with the hottest genre on TV.”

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.