man with guns stopped on the way to American Idol set; was worker with antique guns.

man with guns stopped near American Idol set; was worker with antique guns.
A man with a “car full of rifles, handguns and loaded magazines” was arrested Friday at the entrance of CBS Studio City on his way to the set of American Idol, KACL 9 reported. However, the man, who was working for a set construction company building American Idol sets, turned out to be “[a] weapons enthusiast with a trunkload of antique guns” and “whose hobbies include participating in historical battle re-enactments,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The paper reports he was “taken into custody for questioning” and so far “no charges had been filed.” Big Brother 3‘s house is also located on the CBS Studio City lot.
+ plus: in the UK, BBC Twi plans series like Pop Idol–but with historic buildings as the contestants.

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.