Burnett working on Apprentice musical.

Burnett working on Apprentice musical.
By now, it’s clear that The Apprentice is for sale to the highest bidder; Mark Burnett and Donald Trump will hand over their baby as long as you meet their price. (A spoiler about Thursday’s first challenge easily proves this.) But we never thought it could get worse than the talking Trump bobblehead doll. Well, it has. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the two men “are developing ‘The Apprentice: The Musical.’ Burnett is writing the book for the musical, which is under way, with several songs already written. ‘It’s a love story. … It’s very inspirational,'” he said. Although everybody loves a good musical, let’s hope he’s kidding or high.

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.