WWE Tough Enough resurrected by USA Network

The series that lets people compete for a pro wrestling contract will return to TV more than six years after being effectively canceled. WWE Tough Enough, which aired three seasons on MTV and then a fourth season as part of SmackDown that featured current WWE champion Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, has been picked up by USA Network.

USA said in a press release that it will debut April 4 and “will feature a group of twelve individuals looking for an once-in-a-lifetime shot to become the next WWE Superstar or Diva.”

It will be produced by Shed Media, which also does The Real Housewives of New York City. Crossover episode, anyone?

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.