American Idol renewed for four, maybe six more years; Simon Cowell will return

American Idol 5 will not be the last season of the show withe Simon Cowell, nor will it be the last season of the series. FOX has renewed the show for “four more seasons with an option to renew for an additional two seasons,” according to Reuters. As part of the deal, producers 19 Entertainment and “FremantleMedia will receive a ‘significantly increased’ license fee from Fox in line with the higher advertising rates set for the coming season,” and “Sony BMG remains the official record label for American Idol winners.”

Simultaneously, Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller settled Fuller’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Cowell in the UK; had they not, Simon could have bailed and sold his X-Factor show to another US network.

Later today, FOX will announce the American Idol 5‘s schedule, which may have an hour-long results show airing on Thursdays.

Fox locks up ‘Idol’ for 6 more seasons [Reuters]

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.