Two international versions of Paradise Hotel start taping, which could lead to second US version

The Villa Arabesque resort in Mexico, used for the original Paradise Hotel, will host back-to-back tapings of international versions of the show. Holland and Belgium are each shooting their own editions of the series there, according to C21Media. Production company TV Corp is also working on taking the show to “Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal.”

The good news for US fans is that the production company “is hoping that by building the format into a lower-cost European success story, the US door might open again,” C21Media reports.

Benelux checks into Paradise Hotel [C21Media]

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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