Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica debuts tonight; couple had “limited veto power.”

Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica debuts tonight; couple had “limited veto power.”
Pop stars Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson have had their newlywed life chronicled by MTV cameras for a show that debuts tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET. Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica will include their “harmless bickering” and a campaing trip, although “[t]he master bedroom was off-limits and they had limited veto power over what eventually makes it to broadcast,” the New York Daily News reports. Simpson tells USA TODAY, in a story about her show and other celebrity reality TV shows, that “you don’t really want to edit yourself. The moment when you think a fight’s going to start, or you’re going to do something stupid or embarrassing, is when you really want the cameras there. Because that’s when you’re going to get great TV–and ratings.”

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.