Newlyweds, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, American Idol are People’s Choice.

Newlyweds, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, American Idol are People’s Choice.
If you didn’t sit through last night’s People’s Choice Awards, which was two hours of celebrities pretending to be surprised when they won an award even though none of their competitors showed up, you might have missed the winners in the three reality TV-related categories. First, to recap, review the nominees. Next, in the category known during the online voting process as Favorite Reality Show/Other, which was rechristened “Favorite Reality Show 24/7″ during the broadcast, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica beat out its competition. Somewhere, Ashlee reached for the phone number of an orphanage to find herself a new dad. In the new Favorite Reality Show/Makeover category, tear-jerker Extreme Makeover: Home Edition took the prize. And American Idol broke Survivor‘s four-year streak when it won the Favorite Reality Show/Competition award.

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.

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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.