producers reportedly walk off American Idol 4; Cowell will bring X-Factor to US.

producers reportedly walk off American Idol 4; Cowell will bring X-Factor to US.
A feud over possible changes to American Idol 4 led four producers to walk off the series, Extra reported. While a show spokesperson told the New York Daily News that “Nobody walked off and everything is normal,” Extra reported that “producers are said to have stormed off the show last Friday … because producers wanted to institute changes, while Fox was resistant.” Meanwhile, Simon Cowell will bring his series The X Factor to the US. The Daily News says “an American version of the show is expected to make it’s way stateside.” The UK series is a talent competition open to a wide range of performers who are mentored by one of the series’ judges.

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.