Apprentice 3 will conclude at NYU.

Apprentice 3 will conclude at NYU.
When The Apprentice 3 comes to a close–hopefully not a drawn-out, Regis Philbin-infected, audience-ass-kissing finale like last season–it will end at New York University, not the Lincoln Center like last season. The show “will shoot its live season finale at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in May, university officials announced yesterday,” according to the Washington Square News. The paper reports that NBC “has not officially announced a date or location and are still in negotiations with the Skirball Center and other venues, said NBC spokesman Jim Dowd,” but NYU officials say the show is definitely coming. An NYU administrator “said that NBC contacted him about the 860-seat venue and NYU and the Skirball center started negotiations to make roughly 200 free tickets to the taping available to NYU students and employ about six film and television students as production assistants.”

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.