Fox’s “total f up” with X Factor, baseball

The X Factor was interrupted last night by baseball, and while having that show taken off our televisions for a few moments should be welcome, it turned out to be a mess that Simon Cowell called “a total f up.”

Fox announced that last night’s episode will air, in its entirety, on Tuesday, because it was interrupted by a rain delay in game three of the National League Championship Series, which is apparently baseball.

What happened, apparently, was that an afternoon game was delayed due to rain, and Fox aired an episode of Ben and Kate followed by the start of The X Factor. Before the top 16 were revealed, though, Fox started broadcasting a repeat of The Mindy Project. The game appeared to be resuming, so Fox pulled the plug on the reality show, abruptly airing some of The Mindy Project instead.

Basically, “a lot of shit happened.”

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.