No Celebrity Rehab this year, but maybe later, or maybe not

VH1’s Celebrity Rehab is off VH1’s schedule this year, although it’s not cancelled, just being taken into a field for a long walk before someone puts it out of its misery. Dr. Drew has a new talk show on The CW, Lifechangers.

Entertainment Weekly reported that “VH1 has no current plans for 2012 editions of its hit show Celebrity Rehab, or its spin-off Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House, though both could return at some point later on. … A VH1 rep says the Celebrity Rehab programs are not cancelled and future editions are off the schedule due to scheduling issues.”

The show, which I thought was one of the best series on TV when it debuted back in 2008 thanks to its unflinching look at addiction, was criticized last year by Bob Forrest, who helped create it.

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.