All four Voice coaches, including Christina Aguilera, returning for season two

NBC announced today that all four of The Voice‘s coaches–Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton–will return for season two.

The announcement comes the day after the finale, and seems designed to end endless speculation about whether Christina would return. And since the second season doesn’t debut until 2012, it’s good to know now and avoid all that nonsense like The X Factor‘s parade of judge rumors.

In the release, NBC reality exec Paul Teledgy said, “Our fantastic coaches were integral to the tremendous success of The Voice this year and we are thrilled that they are all returning.”

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.