Celebrity Idol isn’t confirmed yet

Reports about a celebrity edition of American Idol may have been a bit premature. The show’s executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, told reporters that it’s not a sure thing yet. “We have no deal yet with FOX,” he said. That contradicts a report in Variety, of which Lythgoe said, “We’re going to let them rumble on,” whatever that means.

Of course, FOX is the network that just greenlit Skating With the Stars, and has yet to pass up an opportunity to squeeze the Idol franchise so hard that its eyeballs bulge out, so we can probably expect to see Celebrity Idol sooner rather than later.

‘Celeb Idol’ Deal Not Done Yet [Zap2it]

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.