NBC orders fourth season of Last Comic Standing

Even though the third season was somewhat of a dud, NBC has ordered a fourth season of Last Comic Standing.

That third-season “[q]uickie production was a predictable ratings disappointment, and ‘Comic’ was not renewed for a summer 2005 run,” Variety reports. But “NBC reality chief Craig Plestis remained a supporter of the skein, however, and the net has now decided to give the standup showcase another turn at the mic.”

Jay Mohr may or may not return as host; he “was vocal in his displeasure about the net’s handling of the skein’s third season,” according to Variety.

NBC’s ‘Comic’ still standing [Variety]

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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