Following Teen Mom special, MTV airs It Gets Better special

Following the first part of the Teen Mom finale special hosted by Dr. Drew, the It Gets Better Project becomes an MTV special tonight that airs at 11 p.m. ET.

It’s hosted by the campaign’s founder, Dan Savage, who created a video with his partner in response to a series of suicides by gay teens. The campaign, in which people tell gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered kids and teenagers that their lives will improve, now includes more than 40,000 videos, including many by reality TV stars.

MTV says its special “will focus on the stories of three young people at a crossroads in their lives: a young man struggling to tell his family and friends that he is gay; a lesbian fighting for parental acceptance; and a transgender man preparing to get married.” Here’s the preview:

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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