Ark. town liked first Simple Life ep, which was watched by 13 million people.

Ark. town liked first Simple Life ep, which was watched by 13 million people.
The mayor of Altus, Ark., the town invaded by Paris and Nicole for The Simple Life, says the first episode “was hilarious.” Mayor Veronica Post’s constituents “loved it,” she says. “Everybody had good positive comments. Of course this was the first episode, we’ll wait and see what happens.” That’s a good idea, since during last night’s episode, they saw Paris and Nicole gleefully topping off their bottles of milk with water. In addition to Altus’ 817 residents, about 13 million people–12 percent of the viewing audience, CNN reports–watched the first episode. Although it had more viewers 18 to 49 than any other show that evening, Paris and Nicole were still beaten in overall viewers by the second half-hour of JAG. How embarrassing.
+ also: bodyguards keep reporters from asking Paris questions at premiere.
+ and: was Justin Guarini at Nicole Richie’s house?

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.