Simon Cowell to launch TV company to compete with his partner’s company.

Simon Cowell to launch TV company to compete with his partner’s company.
Although he “has received large performance fees for his on-screen role and has made money from record sales,” Pop Idol and American Idol judge Simon Cowell “has received no money from international sales of the Pop Idol TV format, phone voting or sponsorship deals,” the Financial Times reports. Because of that, Simon now “has plans to produce music-based TV formats through a joint venture company with Bertelsmann,” which will place him “in direct competition with pop supremo Simon Fuller, his [present] business partner.” No word what this might mean for Simon’s return on American Idol 2.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.