Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica renewed.

Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica renewed.
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica has become “the second-highest rated cable show after Sex and the City,” according to TV Guide. As a result, MTV has renewed it for a second season that will start shooting in October, CNN reports. The current season ends Oct. 14. Meanwhile, Nick Lachey’s record company “has decided to put [his new] album off until Nov. 11,” in part because of the way the show “has made music fans take [Jessica] about as seriously as they do Anna Nicole Smith,” The Daily News reports. But Jessica’s father tells TV Guide that she “knows she’s on camera” and “[s]ince she was a little girl, people have been calling her a dumb blonde, … she begins to assume the role that everybody expects of her. That doesn’t mean that’s who she is.”

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.