On Veteran’s Day, the stories of soldiers with PTSD from James Gandolfini

Today is Veterans Day, and to commemorate that, HBO debuts a documentary about veterans, Wartorn: 1861-2010, and it focuses on the effects of war, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, on the people who’ve fought for us over the past two centuries. The film, directed by Jon Alpert and Ellen Gooseberg Kent, is executive produced by James Gandolfini, the actor best known for playing the lead role in The Sopranos. He previously interviewed wounded Iraq war vets for a 2007 HBO documentary.

HBO says Wartorn, which debuts at 9 p.m. ET, tells the “personal stories of American soldiers whose lives and psyches were torn asunder by the horrors of battle and PTSD” and examines “the lingering effects of combat stress and post-traumatic stress on military personnel and their families throughout American history, from the Civil War through today’s conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Watch its trailer:

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.