firefighter Eric suspended, charged with using job for “personal gain.”

firefighter Eric suspended, charged with using job for “personal gain.”
Big Brother 3 cast member Eric Ouellette has been suspended from his job as a firefighter in Conn. for two weeks. A hearing date has been set to review the charges against Eric, which include “insubordination for disregarding his directive to limit his absence to no more than 30 days, …willful use of his position as a firefighter for personal gain, disrupting the daily activities of the fire department, and failure to inform him of his whereabouts and availability,” according to The Day.

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.