VH1, David Gest settle lawsuits.

VH1, David Gest settle lawsuits.
Both Viacom, VH1’s parent, and David Gest have settled their lawsuits against each other (read Gest’s lawsuit or VH1’s countersuit) over the failed attempt to create a reality TV show based upon Gest and Minelli’s now-failed marriage, which, like the failure of the show, absolutely no one saw coming. A statement from the two parties doesn’t disclose terms, but David says he’s “pleased to be able to put this lawsuit behind me and focus on my business as a producer and promoter of entertainment events.” And Viacom says they’re “delighted to put aside our differences with Mr. Gest and his production company without resort to further litigation.”

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.

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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.