Grady Brewer wins The Contender 2 by split decision

Grady Brewer won The Contender 2 by split decision, defeating Steve Forbes in what the ESPN commentators called an “upset.” Two judges scored the fight 96-94, but one for Forbes and one for Brewer. The other judge scored 97-93 for Brewer. He won $500,000 and a truck.

In the undercard fight, K9 won by knock-out in round 7, defeating Bravo.

I’m sure actual boxing fans think differently, but The Contender has ruined me for watching live fights. While there are some exciting moments, they seem kind of boring without slow motion, sound effects, and enhanced crowd noises. The show may have helped bring boxing back into the national conversation, but may have actually hurt the sport, or at least those bouts that are televised without the help of editors.

Brewer wins a close one when it counts [ESPN]

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.