The Simple Life 4 debuts Sunday on E!

On Sunday at 10 p.m. ET, E! airs The Simple Life 4, which is subtitled “‘Til Death Do Us Part.” The format directly rips off Wife Swap, as Paris and Nicole will enter people’s houses to act as the wife/mother for a day as they navigate a bunch of staged, set-up situations that are supposed to make us laugh.

This is the season that FOX dropped, and if a reality show is not good enough for the network that gave us Who’s Your Daddy, it doesn’t seem to have a lot of potential.

Also good news: The first episode wasn’t available to be reviewed by some critics, which must mean that it’s so exciting that just no one can see the top-secret footage before Sunday. I’m counting the days–until E! cancels it.

The Simple Life 4 [E!]

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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