Wednesday night American Idol 4 episodes will be cut back to 30 minutes.

Wednesday night American Idol 4 episodes will be cut back to 30 minutes.
The Wednesday editions of American Idol 4, during which Ryan Seacrest screws with the emotions, hopes and dreams of the remaining semi-finalists, will be scaled back. Starting tonight, Ryan will have only 22 minutes in which to drag out the actual results and try to make the semi-finalists cry. According to Zap2it.com, these Wednesday episodes will “air at 9:30 p.m. for at least the next two weeks.” Last week’s results show was watched by “nearly 26.7 million viewers,” so the ratings aren’t to blame; the report doesn’t include any reason, other than what we all know: the eps are “always bloated.”

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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