Top Model’s fall season will be a “college edition”

America’s Next Top Model has been renewed for a 19th season, and the CW competition is now casting for women who are in college, because that season will be its “college edition.”

The CW said in a statement that “casting directors are looking everywhere from Ivy League campuses to party schools, from pre-med to pre-beautician, and from Big Ten to Pac Ten for girls from all walks of life, all parts of the nation, and all types of continuing education who will be invited to show their school spirit — and their modeling chops — to Tyra and the judges.”

It also says that the as-yet-unannounced prize will include a way to “help them continue to earn their degree.” They’re casting, including at several opening casting calls, for 18- to 27-year-old women who are at least 5’7″.

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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