ABC variety show to star Nick, Jessica.

ABC variety show to star Nick, Jessica.
ABC’s Nick & Jessica Variety Hour will give Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson to show off their talents beyond just being themselves. The April 11 ABC show “will feature three Simpson performances, along with Nick Lachey and Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds tag-teaming on the Stevie Wonder favorite ‘For Once in My Life,'” MTV reports. Johnny Bench, Mr. T, and others will appear in sketches and segments, and Jessica and Nick will visit with Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. Once again, Jessica’s pimp/producer/father is behind the show.
+ also: Jessica likes her new cover song “Take My Breath Away” because “the first time Nick hugged me … it literally took the breath out of me.”

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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