Top Model 4 debuts in March; show has been renewed for fifth and sixth seasons.

Top Model 4 debuts in March; show has been renewed for fifth and sixth seasons.
The show that has become UPN’s version of Survivor is sticking around for a long time to come. The fourth season of America’s Next Top Model will debut on March 2, and UPN is renewing the series for two more seasons. UPN President Dawn Ostroff said, “The three cycles have broken ratings record. Additionally, the move to Wednesdays has increased ratings among young women in the triple digits.” Other reality shows are also headed to the network; the search for a temporary new TLC member, R U the Girl with T-Boz & Chilli, will kick off this summer. However, according to TV Week, Ostroff said that Amish in the City will not be returning.

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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