Fox schedules Idol finale to run seven minutes late

The May 26 finale of American Idol has been given 127 minutes to announce the winner, but it’s unlikely that will be enough time.

Variety reports that “Fox has confirmed that the Wednesday, May 26 finale … will air for two hours and seven minutes — from 8 p.m. to 10:07 p.m.,” but notes that “‘Idol’ now regularly goes over its allotted time — and the finale will likely be no exception.”

In other words, instead of just dying, this awful season will probably spend a few more minutes roaming around like a wounded animal trying to find its way home while dragging its intestines behind it.

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.