Is The Apprentice in danger of being cancelled?

With sliding ratings for The Apprentice 5, will the series live on to move to LA for its sixth season?

The Mercury News’ Charlie McCollum suggests that it may not, and that it will be cancelled by NBC. He writes, “Even though the series already is casting its next season, don’t count on it living past its June season finale.” However, he notes “it’s possible it could be used as a fill-in or a summer series,” which means that it wouldn’t be cancelled so much that it would just be postponed.

We should know May 15, when NBC announces its fall schedule, if Trump has a place on it, or if Howie Mandel will just take over Mondays.

On the Bubble: “The Apprentice” [Mercury News]

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.