Channel Five, Sky both want to bring Pop Idol back to the UK

Two networks in the UK are vying to bring American Idol‘s parent back to the air. Although the American version has aired five seasons, Pop Idol only aired two seasons, and then was replaced by ITV with The X Factor.

Now, however, “ITV’s option has run out” and “Channel Five and Sky [are] battling with ITV to re-launch it,” The Sun reports. The return of the show would have “less emphasis on the judges and more on the performers,” according to the paper. It will not, however, feature Simon Cowell, who is too busy with the American version and other things.

A Sky executive says “Pop Idol is a great brand and when it’s clear what programme is available, we’ll look at it,” while an ITV exec told the paper, “We have made it clear that we want to be included in the pitch round for Idol and we have been told we will be.”

Pop Idol return planned [The Sun]

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.