Trump happy with The Apprentice 6’s delayed debut; Apprentice 7 planned

After NBC bumped the fall premiere of The Apprentice 6 to January, one might imagine Donald Trump getting upset; he certainly isn’t shy about criticizing the network, as he did after what he now calls “the Martha fiasco.”

However, he’s not upset at all, and even manages to compare his show to the biggest reality show in the country. “It was always going to be one event, like ‘American Idol.’ But because it became so successful, we had it on twice,” Trump told the New York Daily News. “If you think about it, including the Martha [Stewart] fiasco, we had three seasons of ‘The Apprentice’ this year.”

NBC’s Kevin Reilly said yesterday that the series “just settled in from being a phenomenon to being a success,” and called it “one of the most successful shows on our air.” The network is already considering locations for The Apprentice 7, including Chicago, Las Vegas, and Miami, according to the paper. That’s the last season through which Trump’s current contract extends.

‘Apprentice’ learns to go once a year [New York Daily 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.

about the writer

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.