NBC’s Meet Mister Mom debuts tonight

NBC forces men to appreciate their partners tonight with its new series, Meet Mister Mom, which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET. As the title suggests, dads are left in charge of their household while mom vacations. On each episode, this actually happens in two homes, with dads and kids left alone together. In the two households, both alike in their lack of dignity, they’ll compete in challenges, and the winner walks away with a prize.

NBC says “The results are funny, heartwarming and something every busy family can relate to!” But The Louisville Courier-Journal’s Tom Dorsey writes that it’s “dull,” “unimaginative,” and “stupid.” There’s a little praise from The Hollywood Reporter, which says that “[t]he beauty of what is otherwise a singularly lame semi-scripted diversion is that the producers are essentially upfront about leaving nothing to chance.”

Meet Mister Mom [NBC]

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.