Amazing Race renewed for a 13th season

CBS has ordered an additional season of The Amazing Race.

Variety reports this “is a vindication for ‘Race,’ which appeared to be fading in the ratings during its 11th outing earlier this year — but earned a pickup anyway.” Last year’s renewal was also a one-season renewal, compared to previous renewals which were for two more seasons.

Casting already took place for the 13th season, and its application [PDF] said that filming would be “starting sometime in or around April – May of 2008.” However, it’s possible that could be moved up, as the premiere of this current season was moved up to this fall instead of 2008.

‘Amazing Race’ still running [Variety]

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.