Howard Stern sues Are You Hot.

Howard Stern sues Are You Hot.
Howard Stern has filed a lawsuit against the producers of Are You Hot?, making his talk of a suit a reality. It alleges the ABC show, which begins its finals round Thursday, is a “blatant rip-off of The Evaluators,” a bit on his radio show. The suit, as published by The Smoking Gun, details other connections between the two shows (ABC’s show staff includes a former producer of Howard’s E! show and Jackie Martling, Howard’s former head writer) and asks for “tens of millions of dollars” and punitive damages.
+ also: low ratings put the show in 71st place.
+ and: EW’s Joel Stein hangs out with Lorenzo.

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.