Big Fat Obnoxious Boss debuts Sunday.

Big Fat Obnoxious Boss debuts Sunday.
FOX kicks off yet another reality series on Sunday evening, debuting My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss at 9 p.m. ET. Instead of the raw emotional manipulation of its predecssor, My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance, this series will apparently be more along the lines of Spike’s Joe Schmo Show, which parodied reality TV while duping a victim or two. On this new series, FOX says “twelve Ivy League hot shots will humiliate and embarrass themselves… Competing for a dream job that doesn’t exist.” The boss, Mr. Todd, is played by improv actor William August. For their first task, they’ll beg for money on the streets of Chicago.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.

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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.