America’s Next Top Model 4 debuts, Missy Elliott’s Road to Stardom concludes.

America’s Next Top Model 4 debuts, Missy Elliott’s Road to Stardom concludes.
UPN’s cornerstone program moves to LA for its fourth season, which starts tonight. America’s Next Top Model 4 debuts at 8 p.m. ET, and will be followed by the conclusion of Missy Elliott’s reality series Road to Stardom at 9. Either Deltrice, Jessica, or Matthew will win $100,000 and be signed to Missy’s record label, which will release the performer’s first single. On Top Model, 14 models will expose themselves to Janice Dickinson’s withering (literally) insults. They’ll also compete for “an opportunity to be managed by Ford Models, a fashion spread in Elle magazine, and a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl.” Although there are no plus-sized models this cycle, Tyra says of this group, “Most of the girls on our show–as thin as they may look–in the fashion industry they might not be so accepted, in terms of that body type.”

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.