Real Housewives of DC officially cancelled, the first Housewives series to die

While Bravo is finished creating new versions of its Real Housewives franchise, the network has, for the first time, cancelled one of the seven versions. The Real Housewives of DC has been axed after one season.

The Washington Post reports that “Bethesda-based Half Yard Productions contacted the cast to let them know Washington’s contribution to Bravo’s hot docu-soap franchise would not be picked up for a second season.”

And in an e.mail to the newspaper, Andy Cohen said, “We had an amazing season and we told stories that were unique to any other in the franchise. I wish all our DC Wives the best and hope to work with them again in another capacity.” Of course, it wasn’t that amazing or it’d be back; you can probably read “unique” as a euphemism for “not at all what we want from Housewives.”

The paper notes that the season did okay, with 1.4 million viewers, and, of course, generated a lot of headlines, but it lost viewers over time and didn’t grab younger people, who want more batshit crazy in their housewives.

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.