UK’s Big Brother ends today on Channel 4

The UK version of Big Brother ends today with a final episode at 19:30 on Channel 4, having hosted 260 housemates over 10 years. Channel 4 cancelled it because of low ratings, although another network could pick up the show. The series debuted in 2000, shortly after the US version, having been adapted from John de Mol’s original version in the Netherlands.

Not counting the zombie version, the show has aired 21 series, according to Wikipedia’s comprehensive history, some of which were condensed celebrity and all-star editions; there was even a teen version. The final season is called Ultimate Big Brother and features housemates from all 11 regular seasons, in addition to several celebrities, and it concludes tonight.

The housemates had a funeral for Big Brother, who’s more of a character than the producer voice is in the US.

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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