Charlie O’Connell’s Bachelor 7 will be the franchise’s last unless ratings improve.

Charlie O’Connell’s Bachelor 7 will be the franchise’s last unless ratings improve.
A preview at the end of the season finale of The Bachelorette 3 confirmed that actor Charlie O’Connell will be the star of The Bachelor 7. When the series debuts March 28, he’ll face more pressure than just negotiating a group of camera-happy women. The 10th season (counting The Bachelorette seasons) will be the franchise’s last unless it can pick up some viewers. According to E!, “An unnamed network source tells People that if ratings for the show do not improve with the upcoming season of The Bachelor, it likely spells the end for the series. Producers are currently contracted for two more installments of The Bachelor, but ABC has ultimate say whether the show lasts that long.”

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.