Face Off will return for a third season this summer

SyFy’s terrific Hollywood effects makeup competition series Face Off will return for its third season this summer, the network announced Tuesday.

Its second is currently airing, and while it hasn’t changed much since season one, it remains consistently entertaining, and ratings are increasing compared to the first season. (Past episodes are online.) Like most competition shows, it overuses team and partner challenges, but at least here it’s usually evident who exactly was responsible for parts of the makeup.

I’m also a huge fan of the show’s music, particularly the orchestration that runs underneath the judging, apparently composed by The Elements. It’s definitely the best runway/judging music since Project Runway. Watch to see the incredible work, and listen to that killer score:

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.