E! renews Simple Life for a fifth season

The Simple Life‘s new network, E!, has just renewed the show for a fifth season, although it’ll only be the second season to air on the cable channel. (FOX dumped it last fall.)

The Simple Life 5 “will debut sometime in 2007, a person familiar with the production” told Variety. No word yet what format the show will take.

Variety says this “is a major victory for producers Bunim-Murray Prods. and 20th Century Fox TV.” Of course, it’s a loss for the rest of us, who stopped being amused by Paris and Nicole’s fake antics about four seasons ago.

New lease on ‘Life’ [Variety]

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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