Wife Swap renewed; Partner won’t air.

Wife Swap renewed; Partner won’t air.
ABC’s successful fall continues. Yes, that’s ABC, America’s most incompetent broadcast network. ABC has ordered a full season of 22 episodes. The series “has shown considerable Nielsen moxie in its ultracompetitive 10 p.m. Wednesday slot. … averaging a 4.4/11 among adults 18-49–a stunning 52% improvement over ABC’s perf in the timeslot last year,” Variety reports. The show “has also consistently beaten ‘L&O’ in adults 18-34 and either beat or nearly tied the Peacock legend in adults 18-49.” ABC’s Andrea Wong tells the New York Daily News that a second season is under consideration. She likes the show because, “Everybody learns something about themselves. They all come out either learning something about themselves or their families. And they all come out of it with a new appreciation for each other. Or, in some cases, it reaffirms their choices.” Or they all end up in therapy.

Over on FOX, after rumors of trouble with NBC’s legal show, FOX’s The Partner has reached the end of the line, well before it ever aired. FOX said in a statement that “after much consideration, Fox and Rocket Science Laboratories have decided not to produce ‘The Partner.’ With the numerous boardroom-type unscripted programs on the various network’s schedules, we have decided to focus our mutual efforts on other unscripted material.”

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.