Construction equipment competition coming to Discovery

The Discovery Channel, which mostly airs docudrama-style reality shows, has added a new competition series, Machines of Glory, that has contestants operating heavy construction machinery.

Each episode includes three crews who “will compete in outrageous challenges while operating massive machines including powerful excavators, speedy backhoes and agile skid steers, to prove that they have what it takes to win a cash prize … The two crews with the most points after three rounds will go head to head in one final challenge that incorporates all three machines.”

Extreme Makeover designer Johnny Littlefield will host the three-episode series, which debuts in March.

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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