Fashion Star cancelled, having actually already aired a second season

NBC’s Fashion Star was cancelled, which is less surprising than the fact that it was renewed for a second season that aired this spring. Although the show was slightly retooled, with a new host and a new sponsor (Express instead of H&M), it was pushed to Fridays and all but ignored.

Saturday, the network’s entertainment president, Bob Greenblatt, told a group of reporters, “no,” when asked if it would return; The Hollywood Reporter describes his response to its question as “swift and firm.”

Its second-season ratings were pretty bad, with only 2.5 million people watching the finale, and a significant drop for its rating between seasons among younger viewers for the finale (1.6 to .5).

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.