Paula Abdul’s name floated again, this time to judge CBS’ new competition Got to Dance

Because prime-time network TV needs another live dance competition with a panel of judges, CBS will air its own version of the UK’s Got to Dance, and may recruit Paula Abdul to judge.

The dance competition differs from So You Think You Can Dance because “dancers of any age, group-size and style will compete to become the country’s favorite dance act,” CBS said in a press release. Viewers vote during the semi-finals and finals, which will air live, and of course there will be a panel of judges. Creativity is alive and well.

Perhaps the only interesting thing is that Paula Abdul’s endless search for post-Idol employment has connected her to this show, too. “CBS has expressed some interest in a certain choreographer-turned-reality TV star for the gig — Paula Abdul,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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.