fans “irate” after Jessica flees Wal-Mart.

fans “irate” after Jessica flees Wal-Mart.
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica star Jessica Simpson had to flee a Mass. Wal-Mart after thousands of people showed up to get her autograph. Among the problems Jessica caused: Traffic was backed up and some fans hid inside the Wal-Mart, which closed early for her appearance. According to The Boston Globe, “after arriving late, she left the store after a half-hour when Danvers police said the thousands waiting for a glimpse of Simpson posed a threat to public safety.” Jessica’s fans were not happy. One of them, a 33-year-old woman named Linda Dipietrantonio who needs to seriously examine her priorities, said, “I’m completely irate. I spent five hours outside WalMart with my two children and I’m eight months pregnant. We just purchased the new CD, and she got up and left all of her fans in the freezing cold because she was scared.”

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.