Mario Lopez and Emmitt Smith are Dancing with the Stars 3’s final two after Joey goes home

In the battle of “Blossom” versus “Saved by the Bell,” Joey never had a chance. Joey Lawrence was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars 3 last night, taking his shiny head and sailor suit home and leaving Mario Lopez and Emmitt Smith as the final two celebrity competitors. They’ll dance their last dances next week during the show’s two-part finale.

Joey was eliminated despite the fake, non-existent controversy over Mario Lopez’s package-grabbing Tuesday night that proves there’s such a thing as yellow blogging.

Joey’s elimination came, of course, at the end of a very long episode that contained “a parade of padding impressive even for this often bloated program,” according to MSNBC.com’s Linda Holmes. Besides advertisements for the next James Bond movie and the Dancing with the Stars tour, celebrities promoting themselves by talking about the show, it included a comment from the president of Zambia “that he liked all three of the famous American men dancing about in their shiny shirts.” Using world leaders to fill time: almost as unbelievable as ABC having a hit reality series.

Joey’s enthusiasm is not enough on ‘Dancing’ [MSNBC]

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.

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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.