Trump: last season’s finale was a mistake; Apprentice 3 finale will last for one hour.

Trump: last season’s finale was a mistake; Apprentice 3 finale will last for one hour.
The exceedingly drawn-out, Regis Philbin-infected Apprentice 2 finale last December will not be repeated this year. Instead, the finale, broadcasting live from NYU will last for a single hour, airing on May 19. With this week’s episode, that means there are six episodes to go. At a press conference, Trump said, “At my insistence, I wanted it to be a one-hour finale. We ended up with a reunion and all of this nonsense. Nobody wants that. What they want is a finale where somebody gets fired.” Trump also said that Chris, who he’s systematically refused to fire, has “a problem. He’s got an anger management problem. We talked about it on the show. He truly is an angry guy.” Finally, Bill Rancic will remain in Trump’s clutches, and “will continue to work in sales and marketing on Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago,” the AP reports.

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.