Rebel Billionaire, Biggest Loser conclude.

Rebel Billionaire, Biggest Loser conclude.
Two reality series end tonight, although one has become a lot more popular than the other. Richard Branson’s globetrotting series The Rebel Billionaire had some critical acclaim but not many viewers. Still, FOX stuck it out, which is more than the network does for most poorly performing shows. Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, the series ends with a two-hour finale, during which either Shawn or Sara will win the presidency of Virgin. … Over on NBC at the same time, the network will air a live finale and reunion for surprise hit The Biggest Loser, and we can all just pray that Regis stays the hell away from it. NBC’s weight loss series was so successful, with more than 10 million viewers a week, that the network added episodes and tonight’s hour-and-a-half finale, which starts at 8 p.m. ET. Either Gary, Ryan, or Kelly M. will walk away with $250,000.

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.