MTV signs Rod Stewart for reality show.

Rod Stewart gets MTV reality show.
Rod Stewart, in case you didn’t know, is now hip (again?). Recently, Rod sold 4 million copies of his latest album, and there’s a new London stage show based on his music. The next logical step: a 12-episode series on MTV. For Rod: Live and Uncensored, MTV “has promised him $5 million up front, with another $20 million if the show…is a hit,” The Sydney Morning Herald reports. The paper says “he’s obsessed with his train set and his soccer” and “telegenic young women,” so that $20 mil shouldn’t be a problem.

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.