FOX wants new reality show with Paris, but not Nicole; adds Simple Life episode.

FOX wants new reality show with Paris, but not Nicole; adds Simple Life episode.
FOX is showing no love for Nicole Richie, as the network is “now in talks with [Nicole’s best friend Paris] Hilton to star in another reality show. Word is Hilton could get up to $3 million for her next TV foray, but that her comedic co-star Nicole Richie is not included,” according to the New York Post. Nicole might want to fire up her video camera to increase her value to the network. In the New York Times, David Carr, who really should stick to business reporting and stop trying his hand at “satire,” suggests a sequel that involves “Ms. Hilton and Ms. Richie handing off their apartments and social calendars to rural counterparts.” Also, in order to squeeze more out of The Simple Life, especially since the network ordered only seven episodes originally, FOX will air repeats of the first two eps this Thursday at 9 p.m. ET, and will also air a marathon of the first four episodes on Dec. 30. Plus, a bonus Christmas episode will air Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
+ also: FOX exec says, “You’re going to see a lot of shows with celebrities put into weird situations.”

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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.