Nick Lachey and Kelly Osbourne sign deals with ABC, joining Jessica Simpson.

Nick Lachey and Kelly Osbourne sign deals with ABC, joining Jessica Simpson.
MTV reality stars are flocking to ABC, home of, well, not a whole lot. Not content to be left behind by his Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica co-star and wife, Nick Lachey has just signed a development deal with ABC. While Jessica is developing a comedy pilot for the network, Nick’s deal may lead him either into comedy or drama. He also has “a feature film component with the Walt Disney Co.,” so look for him in Flubber 2. Billboard says Nick’s deal “could reach high-six figures.” Kelly Osbourne, too, is jumping from MTV to ABC, signing a deal to play a love interest on Doing It, a new drama.

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.