Paris dating Nick, crushing on Leo.

Paris dating Nick, crushing on Leo.
Here it is: The last Paris Hilton post of 2003. The Simple Life star has been linked with Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. He “started shacking up with the hotel heiress after her hit reality show was done filming,” the New York Post reports. However, she has her eyes on another blonde cherubic has-been: Leonardo DiCaprio. A gossip report says Paris is “telling friends she’d love to go out with the actor.” And if that isn’t enough, Paris also has a relationship with her rabbi, who she credits as having cleansed her dirty, dirty soul. Meanwhile, FOX tonight airs a four-episode marathon of old The Simple Life episodes; the series concludes Jan. 13, so ignore what fact-challenged Virginia Heffernan says in today’s Times.

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.