Rocco: plot was surprising; “it was not my choice to make my litigation public.”

Rocco: plot was surprising; “it was not my choice to make my litigation public.”
The second season of The Restaurant debuts next week, and will focus heavily on Rocco’s battle with his business partner. But Rocco says this was not his idea: “There were definitely times I wished the camera wasn’t there. I’ll tell you frankly that it was not my choice to make my litigation public. This is something that my partner Jeffrey and I were handling privately until the day the cameras showed up.” He tells that he expected the new season to focus on other storylines and people, such as Mark the Bartender. He also plays the “I’m a character; it’s not real” card, saying, “They had tens of thousands of hours of tape and with that tape, they crafted characters. What you saw on television isn’t necessarily representative of who I am as a manager day in and day out. I think it’s hard to get to know someone over six hours.”

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.