The Swan is returning, but with celebrities

Fox’s 2004 competition The Swan is returning, but this time celebrities–or reality television’s version of them–will be made over, including with plastic surgery.

Deadline reports that it will be just “a two-hour special to air later this year,” produced by original producers FremantleMedia and Arthur Smith.

Women who want to have a comeback in their careers will be sought to participate, and while casting is occurring now, Deadline says that Happy Days’ Erin Moran and Monica Lewinsky are possible cast members.

Since the show was more of an idea than a series, a special is a good idea, but I cannot say I have any interest in seeing The Swan again.

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.