report: Burnett signs deal to create Apprentice-like series with Martha Stewart.

Mark report: Burnett signs deal to create Apprentice-like series with Martha Stewart.
Mark Burnett’s first foray into the world of scripted TV (assuming you don’t count all those voice-overs that Trump does) has failed, with Commando Nanny being cancelled before it ever aired. The WB show “suffered a number of unfortunate and untimely setbacks, which factored into this very difficult decision,” the WB said. Delays occurred due to cast illness and other events, according to E! Online. However, Burnett now has a new project to focus on: Martha Stewart. Earlier, reports said Burnett would be both retool Martha Stewart Living and create a prime-time series with her. Now, Burnett “and reps for jailed domestic diva Martha Stewart have sealed the deal for an Apprentice-type reality show in which contestants compete for Stewart’s approval.” That’s according to The New York Daily News’ Lloyd Grove (third item); neither NBC nor Burnett would comment, and Stewart is, well, tied up right now.

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.