Making the Band 3 debuts tonight.

Making the Band 3 debuts tonight.
Almost five years after we began watching wildly successful boy band O-Town be formed on the first prime-time network reality series, the show returns for a third run. Making the Band 3, which debuts at 10 p.m. ET tonight, will chronicle P-Diddy’s search and construction of a five-member, all-female pop group. MTV.com’s description of the pressures the 19 women will face also hints at the show’s focus, and it doesn’t seem to be the music: “From performing under pressure, to sharing one bedroom, to obsessing about weight, diet and who gets to use the only phone in the house, these girls are put to the ultimate test.” (The bedroom, by the way, has bunk beds that resemble coffins.) P-Diddy shows himself to be a progressive man, telling the AP about the challenges of working with women. And yes, it’s all about their periods and mood swings. He says “Women are more different than anything, any creature, (any) beautiful animal in the world. They’re just the most complex, different. I don’t think no human being has been able to just figure out the woman. As complicated as I’m explaining it to you, that’s how it is. It’s a big undertaking to move 19 young ladies under one roof, and it sets the tone for some good TV … having their monthly cycle coming together, and emotions and moodiness and competitiveness.”

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.

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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.