Ryan Seacrest, Andy Cohen identified as possible Regis Philbin successors

Two people best known for their connections to reality TV are said to be on the short list of candidates to replace Regis Philbin when he retires in November: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and Bravo VP Andy Cohen.

The Wall Street Journal reported that “Disney has been considering a range of candidates” and “people close to Disney-ABC Domestic Television, which distributes the show,” say that the candidates include “Ryan Seacrest, 36; TV host and Bravo cable-television network executive Andy Cohen, 43; and TV host and actor [and Kelly Ripa’s husband] Mark Consuelos, 40.” Previously, Jeff Probst said he wouldn’t want the job.

In a follow-up today, The New York Post’s Page Six says new Bravo owner Comcast “has been happy with Cohen as host of the frothy ‘Watch What Happens Live,’ sources say, but not as much with his executive role,” so they’d be happy for him to leave and take Regis’ job.

That’s according to a sketchy “source familiar with the network.” (Um, wouldn’t that be pretty much anyone who’s watched TV and knows what Bravo is?) I find it kind of amazing that Andy Cohen’s value would be as host of the popular trainwreck WWHL rather than an executive who develops the shows that generate conversation on his show and elsewhere.

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.

about the writer

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.