Newlyweds returns tonight; Jessica Simpson says she had the flu, not a baby.

Newlyweds returns tonight; Jessica Simpson says she had the flu, not a baby.
MTV unleashes 20 episodes of Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica on the world starting tonight at 10 p.m. ET. It’ll be followed by ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave, which USA TODAY says is no different than The Bachelorette “if Trista were a Prince protégée-turned-ex-Mrs. Dennis Rodman, and Ryan were a heavily tattooed former heroin addict who owns a painting of the seven dwarfs painted by serial killer John Wayne Gacy and enjoys dressing up in his bedroom as Snow White.” In a separate USA TODAY interview with Nick and Jessica, during which Jessica continues to maintain she’s not dumb (latest excuse: “I think out loud — that’s my problem”), Jessica also addresses the pregnancy rumors. She says she was in the hospital for the flu when doctors suspected she was with child. “They thought I was pregnant, because I had all the signs of pregnancy. And I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, all the rumors. Everyone would know before I did!’ The doctor asked me, ‘Are you sexually active?’ I’m married, so I hope so!” That makes less and less sense each time I read it, but the apparent translation is this: Jessica’s first reaction to doctors thinking she was pregnant was to consider that a) there’d be rumors about her being pregnant, and b) “everyone else would know” before her, even though the doctors just told her. Seriously, my head is going to explode if I try to analyze that any more.

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.