Ryan Seacrest promises the “shocking conclusion” to Unan1mous one week too soon

At the very end of American Idol 5, Ryan Seacrest teased FOX’s next show, saying, “The shocking conclusion of Unanimous is next; you won’t believe how it all ends.”

Alas, Ryan lied, as Unan1mous did not end last night. Instead, the show that could have continued indefinitely will conclude next week, according to the preview that followed last night’s episode.

That’s when we’ll find out who wins, if anyone wins–or if the whole show was a big Joe Schmo Show-style hoax. That’s a pervasive but unsubstantiated rumor, as many viewers seem to be convinced that everyone except truck driver and family man Steve is an actor. Last night’s episode did focus on Steve, and his increasing despondency certainly could fuel those rumors. “There’s so much darkness here that I don’t think light will ever be able to pierce it. It’s dark. It’s dark,” he said. If he is the only non-actor, the man is going to need some therapy.

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.