Growing Up Gotti’s third season debuts tonight; Victoria had cancer

The third seasons of Growing Up Gotti debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET as A&E airs the 29th episode focusing on whatever it is that the Gotti boys and their mother are screaming at each other about lately. That may or may not involve the clothing line that the brothers are starting (“Gotti Gear”) or the restaurant they are opening in New York (“Ciao Bella”).

Speaking of Victoria, she told the New York Daily News exclusively yesterday “that she was diagnosed with breast cancer last November, but kept her grueling treatments hidden even” from “her friends, her producers and most of all her sons.” Today, she says, “They caught it early and the prognosis is good.” Victoria also talks to the paper about her heart problems during her cancer treatment and about her first-born, who died at two days old.

Growing Up Gotti [A&E]
Victoria’s cancer challenge [New York Daily News]

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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