The Voice’s great promo wrecked by a Kardashians star

One of the best ads during the Super Bowl was a promo for The Voice‘s second season, and it had a surprise ending that made it even better. Now, NBC has re-edited the same promo, and not very well, injecting another reality star, Bruce Jenner, in the place of Betty White.

It’s somewhat clever in that there’s a tie-in with the Olympics, and Bruce Jenner is moderately self-deprecating here, but nowhere near as funny as Betty White.

Part of what doesn’t work is the recycling: We already know what’s coming, and it seems cheap of NBC to not create a brand-new promo that’s equally as awesome. Also, the edits are weak: They clearly didn’t re-shoot the ending, and instead went with some unused footage of CeeLo and added a voice-over to identify Jenner–and it’s never a good sign if you have to say the joke/identify the allegedly famous person.

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.

about the writer

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.