Tough Enough may return next summer.

Tough Enough may return next summer.
The WWE’s new version of Tough Enough may return for a fifth season, airing as part of SmackDown! next summer. That’s according to Impact Wrestling, which reports the show “drew good enough ratings for the WWE to begins plans for Tough Enough 5 this coming summer. Al Snow is almost certain to remain head trainer for the class.” Meanwhile, Tough Enough 4 runner-up Mike “The Miz” “was said to be crushed that he lost the contest to Puder as he felt he had a great chance of winning,” the site reports. “The general feeling among many though was that Puder won because he looked better on TV than Mizanin in the various competitions he took part in.”

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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