Next week: Ghosts, pit bulls, parolees, sex addicts, stylists, flowers, and Diddy

A look back at the last week in October and ahead to the first week of November:

The Past

The Forward

  • Friday, Oct. 30
    If you want to watch seven hours of live TV that is not a baseball game, you’re in luck: Ghost Adventures [Travel Channel, 8 p.m.] has a live seven-hour broadcast. Will they see a ghost? Will it be scarier than Paranormal Activity? On a new docudrama series, Pit Bulls & Parolees [Animal Planet, 10 p.m.], six paroled felons work with 200 pit bulls at the Villalobos Rescue Center, led by Tia Maria Torres.
  • Saturday, Oct. 31
    The Locator [WEtv, 9 p.m.] ends its third season of reuniting long-lost family members.
  • Sunday, Nov. 1
    On his new show, Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew [VH1, 10 p.m.], Dr. Drew tackles a new group of addicts: people who like sex too much. Also at 10, MTV’s new stylist competition Styl’d debuts, as five junior stylists work at the Margaret Maldonado Agency and try to land a permanent job.
  • Monday, Nov. 2
    Because VH1 has run out of ideas, the dating series For the Love of Ray J [VH1, 9 p.m.] returns for a second season, as does I Want to Work for Diddy [10 p.m.].
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3
    On the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama’s election, a documentary about the campaign, By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, debuts [HBO, 9 p.m.]. I’ll have a review Tuesday, and while it’s far from perfect, it’s not a bad film. Celebrities disguise themselves and interact with the public on the special Secret Celebrity [E!, 8 p.m.]. But isn’t the real surprise that Nick Lachey has nothing better to do than dress up with Kim Kardashian? Later, Tabatha Coffey does her best Gordon Ramsay impression on the debut of the second season of Tabatha’s Salon Takeover [Bravo, 10 p.m.].
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4
    A one-hour special called Strange Sex [Discovery Health, 10 p.m.] profiles four people who each have a “mysterious and debilitating sexual condition.” Destination Truth ends its third season [SyFy, 10 p.m.], while a new docusoap about flowers, Flowers Uncut with Jeff Leatham debuts [TLC, 10 p.m.] with two half-hour episodes.
  • Thursday, Nov. 5
    Tribes merge on Survivor Samoa [CBS, 8 p.m.], and Andy Cohen finishes up with the Real Housewives of Atlanta [Bravo, 10 p.m.].

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.

about the writer

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.