Joe Talamo riding favorite I Want Revenge in the Kentucky Derby along with three other Jockeys

If you’ve watched Animal Planet’s informative and entertaining docudrama Jockeys, and watch the Kentucky Derby tomorrow, you’ll recognize one-fifth of the 20 riders: Joe Talamo, Mike Smith, Garrett Gomez, and Corey Nakatani.

Only 19-year-old Talamo, who a Sports Illustrated columnist said “can be one of those stars” horse racing needs, and Smith were featured jockeys on the show, but the other two men made frequent appearances and have joined the show for its second season, which will include footage from Churchill Downs as cameras are shooting there.

Talamo is riding the favorite, “I Want Revenge,” while Smith is riding “Chocolate Candy.” Corey Nakatani is on “Square Eddie,” and Garrett Gomez is on second favorite “Pioneerof the Nile.”

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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