VH1 countersues Liza and David.

VH1 countersues Liza and David.
VH1 has filed a $1.5 million counterclaim against Liza Minnelli and her “husband” David Gest’s $23 million lawsuit against the network. In the countersuit, VH1 says that from David there was “erratic and deceitful conduct that went so far beyond the acceptable bounds of show business eccentricity.” Among other things, “he ordered [a VH1 staffer] to stick her head in an oven ‘to make sure it was spotlessly clean'” and had “a crew member had to ‘stand by [a drilled] hole with a vacuum cleaner in hand so as to instantly remove any dust.'”

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.