Jessica’s sister Ashley getting her own show, is “very fascinated” by Newlyweds.

Jessica’s sister Ashlee getting her own show; Jessica gets $3 million merch deal.
Get ready for another Simpson’s life to be chronicled on TV: “MTV is shooting a pilot for a reality program about [Jessica Simpson’s] sister, Ashlee Simpson,” MTV News reports. Although she’s shooting the pilot and cutting her own record, 7th Heaven actress Ashlee might not be as bad as her tuna fish-for-brains sister; she says they’ve “always, always been into such different music” and cites punk rock along with rock from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s as influences. Ashlee says that she is “very fascinated with” Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica and “watch[es] it all the time.”
+ also: Jessica signs merchandise deal “that should net her more than $3 million in the next few months alone.”
+ and: role in I Dream of Jeannie film not a certainty yet.

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.