Liza and David sue VH1 for $23 mil.

Liza and David sue VH1 for $23 mil.
VH1 stopped production on a reality TV show featuring Liza Minnelli and her “husband” David Gest, and now the couple is suing VH1 and parent company Viacom for $23 million citing defamation and breach of contract. The lawsuit, online courtesy The Smoking Gun, says “that VH1 breached their contract to do the show and that an anonymous Viacom employee defamed Gest in an interview,” according to The Washington Post.

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.