The Osbournes concludes tonight.

The Osbournes concludes tonight.
Three years and two weeks after helping to inaugurate a new reality TV subgenre, The Osbournes limps to a conclusion as MTV airs its 52nd and final episode tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET. That the end is nigh is difficult to believe, since the frequently bleeped clan has faked us out before. But this does appear to be it. Over the three years, the world took notice as we endured everything from injury to illness. The first three seasons are now on DVD (season one, seasons two, season 2.5), although technically there are just three seasons total, including this final one, because there was a month break during the second season.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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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about the writer

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.