$1 million advance for Queer Eye book.

$1 million advance for Queer Eye book.
Random House has paid a $1 million advance to the creators and producers for a book based upon Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The book, which is expected to be released in Feb. by Random House’s Clarkson Potter imprint, will offer “edgy yet practical advice” from the Fab Five, Clarkson Potter’s VP tells the New York Post. Keith Kelly repots that “[i]t is not clear exactly how the advance money will be divvied up between the company that conceived the show and the stars and their agents.”
+ also: dismissed pilot episode Culture Guy says it probably “had more to do with my age than my race.”
+ and: a conversation with the Fab Five.
+ update: the book’s title mirrors the show, and is subtitled “The Fab 5’s Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

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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.

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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.