Beauty and the Geek renewed; 30 Days, Hell’s Kitchen move up while Hit Me falls

The WB’s unlikely hit, Beauty and the Geek, will return for a second season. Last week, it led all other WB shows with 4.5 million viewers. Ugly smart guys and hot dumb girls, get your applications ready for when they start casting.

In other ratings news, FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen, which is my favorite show so far this summer, “is starting to show some fire,” according to E!. It was the 22nd most popular show last week with 7.5 million viewers. My other favorite summer reality offering is FX’s 30 Days, which kicked off strong for FX. The debut was watched by 1.7 million–big numbers for FX.

While Dancing with the Stars continues to dominate the summer–15.7 million watched the top-rated show last week–NBC’s Hit Me Baby One More Time is falling faster than the careers of the former hitmakers who appear on the show. Six million watched, which made it NBC’s most popular show, but it dropped to 37th place overall.

Revenge of the “Geek” [E!]

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.