American Idol 9′s Hollywood week will film in January, later than usual

Usually by now, American Idol‘s Hollywood week has finished filming, and thus names of finalists start leaking out. But this year, that part of the competition will be filmed in January, and it will be the first part with Ellen DeGeneres judging.

The Los Angeles Times reports that “producers changed it to January to accommodate [Simon] Cowell’s schedule.”

Ellen DeGeneres to begin ‘Idol’ judging duties next month [Los Angeles Times]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.