NBC’s Contender will air in January; Roy Black will head up The Law Firm.

NBC’s Contender will air in January; Roy Black will head up The Law Firm.
Now that FOX’s The Next Great Champ is officially on ice, having been sent to die off on FOX Spots Net, NBC has announced that, as rumored, its boxing series The Contender will air in January. NBC’s entertainment president tells The Hollywood Reporter, “We look forward to positioning this classic American success story on a proper platform in January apart from the distractions of the fall.” Ooh, harsh, calling FOX’s show a “distraction.” Meanwhile, NBC previously untitled David E. Kelley project is now officially and super-originally called The Law Firm. Its star will be University of Miami School of Law defense lawyer Roy Black, who, THR notes, “has represented such clients as William Kennedy Smith and Rush Limbaugh.” Twelve lawyers will compete and be eliminated one by one by Black.

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.

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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.