Fourth season is Hell’s Kitchen’s highest-rated yet

Tuesday’s conclusion of Hell’s Kitchen 4, when Christina was selected by Gordon Ramsay as the person who sucked the least, was watched by 8.8 million viewers.

That’s up slightly from the 8.6 million who watched last August’s third-season finale. More siginficantly, it’s a 10 percent increase from last week, and the show “led the 9 o’clock hour in all key demos,” according to Variety, which reports that “[f]or its entire run — beginning in April, when it followed ‘American Idol’ on the schedule — this was the highest-rated season to date for the cooking series.”

That’s somewhat tragic since, for me, it was the most boring season yet. Then again, it wasn’t much different than the previous three seasons, and had it aired first, I probably would have been enraptured. But the formula and repetition has gotten a bit stale and boring over time.

Reality tears up Tuesday [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.