spoiler: which contender will return?

spoiler: which contender will return?
Previews for next week’s episode of The Contender revealed that one boxer will leave and another will return, after being voted back by the remaining contenders. So who will return, and why will one leave? Highlight the following if you want to know:

Sources tell reality blurred that one boxer will break his wrist, injuring himself so severely that he has to leave. The boxer who will take his place is apparently Peter Manfredo, the previously undefeated boxer who was eliminated in the first episode. And having been given a second life on the show, Manfredo–known as “The Pride of Providence”–will apparently last well into the competition.

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.