Paula Abdul “devastated” Live to Dance (CBS’ lowest-rated show) is cancelled

Paula Abdul’s Live to Dance ended with very low ratings last week–it was CBS’ lowest-rated show of the week–but Paula is reportedly shocked to learn that the series won’t be renewed for a second season.

Radar quotes “a source close to the situation” who said, “Paula kept hoping week after week that her show would pick up new viewers. … Paula loved that show and she hoped CBS would give it at least one more season to win viewers. But they were just not willing to take that risk.” The person said Paula was “devastated” and said, “She spent the weekend at her home, surrounded by friends, rehashing CBS’s devastating decision and wondering what she would do next.”

The person also said, “Now all she can do is sit tight and wait to see if her phone rings, and if it does, hope it will be Simon on the other end.” That’s a reference to Simon Cowell and his new Fox series The X Factor, but even though Paula is his friend, I think Simon is smart enough to not bring on a ratings black hole to his new series.

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.