Simple Life watched by more people than ABC interview with George Bush.

Simple Life watched by more people than ABC interview with George Bush.
Just under a half a million more viewers tuned in to watch Paris and Nicole on The Simple Life than did for George W. Bush’s with whining simpleton Diane Sawyer on Tuesday night. Paris and Nicole had 11.78 million viewers, while the second half-hour of the ABC interview with Bush was watched by 11.23 million viewers. Both were blown away by JAG spin-off Navy NCIS, which was watched by 12.39 million people during its second half. The Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes breaks down the numbers by demographic, and suggests that Paris should run for President. Tonight, FOX airs repeats of episodes 3 (the one where Paris and Nicole work at Sonic) and 4 (the one where Paris and Nicole get two guys to kiss, and Nicole lets a guy kiss her butt).

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

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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.