On the Lot recycles films again and stumbles into its grave

By showcasing some decent films recently, On the Lot was getting dangerously close to not sucking. But, true to form, the show did everything it could to make its penultimate episode as bad as possible.

The three finalists–Will Bigham, Jason Epperson, and Adam Stein–were revealed, but instead of presenting new films, they just showed old ones again. “Encores,” Adriana called them without laughing. Yes, the only information “America” (read: the filmmakers’ family members) has to make their decision are old films. All the judges had to comment on were films they’d already seen, leaving them to instead ask Successories-style questions. All we had to watch were films we’d already seen.

It was boring to fast-forward through it all. What the hell were the producers thinking? My guess: “How can we save even more money?” They only have one more night of phoning in a reality show. The results, which were originally scheduled to air Tuesday following a Monday performance show, will air next Tuesday.

Also last night, during the voting window on the East coast, the online voting form wasn’t available for at least some time; instead, an error message said, “We are sorry but web voting is currently not available, you may vote by Toll Free or SMS using the numbers below:” Then again, who really noticed or cared?

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.