marijuana found on Ruben’s tour bus.

marijuana found on Ruben’s tour bus.
Marijuana was allegedly found on Ruben Studdard’s tour bus yesterday; Ruben “was not on the bus, but three people who were face charges,” NBC 4 Columbus reports. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says “[t]he bus was stopped because it did not move over or slow down for a trooper who was on the berm.” Ruben performs tonight at the Ohio Theatre. The American Idol 2 winner recently played in Chicago, where the Tribune said that “he fell far short of filling all the seats in the Auditorium Theatre Friday night.” However, the reviewer writes that “his show had something all the other ‘American Idol’ tours lacked. It had a hint of spontaneity, a genuine sense of fun, and a dedication to music over showmanship. In other words, it had soul.”

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.