dramas are up; some reality is down.

dramas are up; some reality is down.
A sure sign that the apocalypse is near: Last week, ABC had the most popular show on TV, and also won the week among viewers 18 to 49, news that certainly caused more than one executive to choke on his or her brandy. Although the second most popular show was a reality TV show, Survivor Vanuatu, other reality shows aren’t doing as well. As USA TODAY puts it, “A fall season with more reality shows than ever has led to early casualties for some newcomers–and steep declines for some established veterans.” If that seems obvious, well, it is; even FOX’s Mike Darnell understands it, saying, “The more quantity you get of something, the more likely you’ll see failure.” Another FOX exec tells The New York Times, “Reality isn’t going away, but we’ll probably see it fall into a pattern where there’s some success and a majority of failure.”

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.