Miss America: Reality Check, Carson Kressley’s How to Look Good Naked debut tonight

Almost three years after the first announcement that the Miss America pageant would involve a reality series, Miss America: debuts tonight on TLC at 10 p.m. ET.

Hosted by Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie, the series follows the 52 contestants as they live together and participate in pageant-related challenges. When it was announced, TLC said that the women would have “to undo everything they have learned about pageant basics and determine if their smarts, attitudes and looks hold up in contemporary society.”

Also tonight, Lifetime debuts Queer Eye star Carson Kressley’s new series How to Look Good Naked at 9 p.m. ET. The British import follows Carson as he “teaches women of all shapes and sizes how to go from self loathing to self loving without resorting to interventions like extreme dieting or cosmetic surgery,” according to Lifetime.

Miss America: Reality Check [TLC]
How to Look Good Naked [Lifetime]
Lifetime Proves All Women are Beautiful Regardless of their Shape or Size… [Lifetime press release]

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.