Syndicated American Idol will debut in September

The syndicated version of American Idol will be known as American Idol Rewind, and it’ll be edited to not waste your time, unlike the regular version.

The episodes will be edited to “include never-before-seen footage shot during that first season … and new footage that focuses on how key contestants lived through their ordeals.” A press release calls the new show “streamlined” and “fast paced.”

Tribune is distributing the series, which will start airing on weekends in September. The show “has already been cleared on Tribune and Sinclair stations representing 55% of the country and nine of the top 10 markets,” Variety reports.

‘Idol’ plans unwrapped [Variety]
America’s Most Popular Television Series ‘American Idol’ to be Syndicated as ‘American Idol Rewind’ [press release]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.