Kathy Griffin, Garry Marshall, Tim Meadows will guest judge Last Comic Standing 4

NBC has revealed the celebrity judges for Last Comic Standing 4, and at least one is no stranger to reality television. Kathy Griffin will judge the contestants along with Garry Marshall and Tim Meadows. They’ll apparently only “appear on two special ‘semi-finals’ episodes to help choose the top comedians who ultimately make it into the ‘house,'” NBC says in a press release.

For this new season, which debuts May 30, NBC also promises “[o]utrageous contests, surprise guests and unexpected twists and turns.” One of those twists: Instead of living in an actual house during the competition, the comedians will live on board “the Queen Mary — the famous luxury ocean liner docked in Long Beach, CA,” according to the press release.

The network doesn’t explain why they’ll live on a ship, although since it’s basically a tourist attraction, this sounds like elaborate product placement. Perhaps Donald Trump will learn from the example and have The Apprentice 6 contestants live in a FedEx truck or something.

America Will Choose The “Last Comic Standing”… [NBC press release]

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.