Lifetime will air a docusoap set in Washington, D.C.

Lifetime has picked up a new docusoap like The Hills that will be set in Washington, D.C., and star socialites from that area. More significantly, the network will reportedly pair it with Project Runway 6 this November, airing the new half-hour series after Tim Gunn and company, although that pairing seems to make little sense.

PB&J Television has been pitching the series, and now “Lifetime has picked up the show and filming begins in September,” Examiner’s Yeas & Nays blog reports. “Casting hasn’t been finalized, according to one source, but the primary characters — local socialites/hotties/20-somethings Katherine Kennedy, Krista Johnson and Sophie Pyle — remain on board. Johnson’s younger sister, Alexa Johnson, will also play a role in the show, most likely, although she and the show are still working out specifics.”

Krista told the site about the show in July, when it was still searching for a network. The production company most recently produced Miss America: Reality Check for TLC, and prior to that did shows such as Dress My Nest.

It’s Official: D.C. Gets Its Own Reality Show [Examiner’s Yeas & Nays]

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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