Evan, Monica win American Gladiators and become new gladiators

Evan Dollard and Monica Carlson won American Gladiators, each receiving $100,000, an SUV, and a position as a gladiator for the upcoming second season of the show.

Evan, who has superhuman speed on so many events, but particularly the wall, started the Eliminator with a 9.5 second head start, and Alex Rai never had a chance. Evan beat his own 1:23.0 record on the Eliminator, finishing it in 1:19.0. “I’ve never felt more alive,” he said.

The women’s Eliminator was much more competitive, as Shanay Norvell caught up to soccer mom Monica on the net despite Monica’s head start, but pulled ahead and beat Shanay.

“You get to join these gladiators as American Gladiators next season,” Laila Ali said in her last (thankfully) terribly delivered, poorly scripted line of the season. And hopefully that’s not true, and the show will drop its lamer gladiators (hello, Militia) and replace them with ones cloned from Wolf.

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.