Work of Art casting for season two after finale gets season-high ratings; Abdi’s show opens

Bravo’s terrific Work of Art: The Next Great Artist is casting for a second season following the conclusion of its first season, which saw Abdi Farah win. The prize included a show at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and his exhibition opens tomorrow.

For season two, a brief casting notice on Bravo’s site says they want “an emerging or mid-career artist with a unique, powerful voice” who is a contemporary artist, although the person’s medium doesn’t matter. Interested artists should send contact information to [email protected] There’s no other information, like when the second season might tape.

Meanwhile, Bravo announced that Abdi’s win earned the show its best ratings “across all key demos” (not among total viewers, though?), and said it “was up 21 percent among total viewers and adults 18-49 from the previous week, marking its third consecutive week of gains.” Overall, 1.48 million people watched, 826,000 of whom were 18 to 49. By comparison, Top Chef DC‘s restaurant wars episode, which preceded it, had about 1 million more total viewers.

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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