Acerbic Top Chef judge Toby Young has responded to criticism of his criticism by promising he’ll tone down his judging for the show’s sixth season. Toby told the New York Daily News that he observed Tom Colicchio’s “authority” and “I took my cue from him and just ended up taking the judging process much more seriously,” and also noted that “the role of a judge on British reality shows is to be outrageous and controversial and funny,” but later realized “that it isn’t really the role for judges on American reality shows, and ‘Top Chef’ in particular, because it’s such a highly regarded reality show and the viewers are so passionate. … Now in Season 6 I realize what a huge influence ‘Top Chef’ is in America, and in the American food industry, and I try to be a little more measured.” He also promises, “I tried to take [the contestants'] feelings into consideration and be a little less brutal.”
The Sing-Off loses its star
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
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.