CBS won’t let Jenna be in PETA ad.

CBS won’t let Jenna be in PETA ad.
CBS will not allow Survivor Amazon winner Jenna Morasca to be in an ad for PETA. Jenna “had agreed to slip into a fake fur bikini … for a PETA print ad. According to a PETA rep, everything was good to go, until CBS execs pulled out the rug at the 11th hour,” E! Online reports. According to a PETA spokesperson, the organization and network negotiated about the content of the ad, until CBS said Jenna wouldn’t be allowed to appear. (The network contractually controls her appearances for a period of time.) Is CBS’ rejection due to PETA’s past criticism and threats of legal action against the show? CBS’ Chris Ender says no: “We harbor no grudge against PETA. In some ways, we’re grateful. They’ve provided us with some of the best publicity we ever had in the first season.”

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.

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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.