Apprentice 3 debut up from season two debut; Trump signed for two more seasons.

Apprentice 3 debut up from season two debut; Trump signed for two more seasons.
The premiere episode of The Apprentice 3 was watched by 15.6 million viewers, about 1.2 million more than watched The Apprentice 2‘s finale. However, it still got its ass kicked by a repeat of CSI, which was seen by 19 million viewers. Meanwhile, NBC has officially picked up the show–and Donald Trump–for two more seasons, both of which will apparently air during the 2005-2006 television season. The Apprentice 4 is currently casting. And open casting calls begin in late January.

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.