Next Great American Band watched by only 3.6 million viewers

The two-hour premiere of The Next Great American Band, which seemed set up to fail, is officially not the next American Idol.

The show debuted with just 3.6 million viewers, which Variety reports is “no worse than the net had been faring on the night with entertainment programming this fall.” And it’s better than FOX’s On the Lot‘s low ratings, and the network stuck with that show through its end. And the show did “[grow] with each half-hour.” Still, FOX came in second to The CW, which aired wrestling.

Assuming FOX doesn’t cancel it, The Next Great American Band is currently scheduled to conclude Dec. 21.

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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.

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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.