Summer reality TV season ends tonight as the fall season begins

Tonight, the last of the summer reality shows finally say goodbye, and the fall season officially begins. There is no rest in the world of reality television.

Big Brother 7 concludes tonight at 8 p.m. ET, and will include a live reunion and vote. Either Mike “Boogie” Malin or Erika will win the $500,000 prize, although one member of the jury will win $25,000 thanks to viewer votes. In other words, Janelle will win it.

Also at 8, ABC kicks off the third season of Dancing with the Stars 3, which features 11 celebrities and 11 actual dancers, some of whom are endorsed by actual politicians with nothing better to do with their time.

During the second hour of dancing celebrities, CBS will air Rock Star: Supernova, which will take a little bit longer to exit the stage. Tonight, its two-part finale begins with the final performance show at 9 p.m. Tomorrow night, the winner will be announced at 8 p.m. ET–or, more correctly, probably around 8:50, knowing the way they pad these finales.

Big Brother 7 and Rock Star Supernova [CBS]
Dancing with the Stars 3 [ABC]

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.