The Voice will face off against X Factor’s debut

NBC has added an additional hour to The Voice‘s third-season premiere week in order to compete directly against The X Factor‘s debut (never mind poor Big Brother).

The X Factor‘s second season continues Thursday, meaning that between the two shows, there will be six hours of just those two music competitions next week, never mind repeats of The Voice or other studio-based competitions. Facestab.

By the way, after tonight, So You Think You Can Dance moves to Tuesdays for its final two episodes, clearing space for Simon Cowell’s ego.

Update: Here’s Simon Cowell’s baffling response, where he sounds alternately deluded and hurt: “These guys have really got it in for us. It’s nothing short of dirty tricks,” he told TMZ. “The reason they’ve done this is they don’t want people to see X Factor because they’ve heard how good the series is. They don’t want their audience to see Britney Spears. They don’t want their audience to see Demi Lovato.”

Of course they don’t. Duh. They’re competition! And while Britney and Demi might add some entertainment to X Factor, the show was nothing more than a shitty knock-off of American Idol. That it now has real competition should terrify Simon, but you’d think his response would be more along the lines of “bring it on” or “the best show will win” instead of whining.

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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