Celebrity Apprentice: renewed, but won’t film until spring

Celebrity Apprentice will return for a seventh season, though not until 2014, and it will film later than usual, in the spring instead of fall. With production in the spring, it’s probably unlikely to air until at least summer.

NBC confirmed the renewal and scheduling to me; a network representative previously revealed these details following inquiries from show superfan Justin Urciuoli. The Mark Burnett-produced series’ future hasn’t been clear since May, when we learned it was not on NBC’s 2013-2014 schedule, though Donald Trump insisted it had been renewed.

Trump tweeted yesterday that the show would be “going forward as soon as I get the time to shoot,” which I guess means that NBC isn’t replacing Donald with Ivanka, which I think should happen.

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.