David says Joe M stardom is “intense.”

David says Joe M stardom is “intense.”
Apparently under the delusion that someone other than him actually watched The Next Joe Millionaire, cowboy David Smith says that his stardom is “very intense. But,” he tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “I’ve gotten somewhat used to it after getting off the plane, being on the red carpet, doing interviews and taking millions of pictures. Now, I really feel for those movie stars like Tom Cruise because your privacy is lost.” Someone’s been playing make-believe with his My Little Red Carpet kit. David’s new publicist, Jimmy Villarreal, is feeding the delusions. Jimmy says that “David really stopped traffic” in LA recently (maybe he was standing in the road?) and suggests “the trademark that sets David off is his cowboy hat” (because there are only a couple other washed-up reality TV stars who wear cowboy hats, like The Real World‘s Jon). Jimmy is currently shopping David to a diverse group of shows that all involve cowboys or country-western themes.

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.