TLC airing NBC News-produced interview with Kate, and NBC News had “final approval”

Having completely run out of ideas and/or footage to bleed every last penny out of Jon & Kate Plus Eight and its little walking billboards, TLC is desperate: future episodes before the Nov. 23 (probable) series conclusion include top viewer moments and never-before-seen footage.

Tonight, it hands over an hour tonight to NBC News, which has nothing better to do than to produce a one-hour special titled Kate: Her Story. (If this is her story, what have the previous 112 episodes been?) Natalie Morales interviews Kate in the special, and a preview only tells us that Kate will cry and that NBC seems to have borrowed Barbara Walters’ gauzy filters.

How does a news organization producing an hour of television for an entertainment network impact its credibility? An NBC News spokesperson told The Baltimore Sun that “NBC news has final approval. All shows produced by Peacock Productions are reviewed by NBC News management.”

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.