Syndicated American Idol Rewind beats Rachel Ray, is more popular among men

The syndicated version of American Idol, which debuted in September, “is the No. 3 new syndicated program of the season,” Media Life Magazine reports.

The 26 episodes focus on the first season, and features “previously shot but never aired footage, like the [Kelly] Clarkson audition.” Producers also “repackaged the show to highlight the eventual finalists,” Media Life says.

Even though that season aired more than four years earlier, it did very well and “averaged a 2.7 household rating, 0.6 ahead of ‘Ray,’ according to Nielsen data analyzed by Magna Global.” Among other syndicated shows, only Without a Trace and CSI: Miami did better.

More interestingly, the syndicated show “tied for second among new shows” among women 18 to 49, but “ranked a solid No. 2″ among men that same age.

For Fox, ‘Idol Rewind’ sings of spring [Media Life Magazine]

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.

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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.