The Simple Life 2 road trip wraps.

The Simple Life 2 road trip wraps.
Less than a month after it began, production on The Simple Life 2 has wrapped. The wrap party was held last Wednesday, and Paris and Nicole showed up with a cow that was given to them as a gift for completing their cross-country trek. Commenting on their adventure (eighth item), they said that working at the Florida nudist colony was awful. Paris says nudity is only for hot young people, preferably those with functional video cameras: “It was really gross. It wasn’t like a nudist colony with people our age or anyone like really hot–they were really old.” Another stop they made was in Bandera, Texas, where Paris played police officer. One of the fashion victims she “arrested” told the Bandera Bulletin it was a gift, literally, from the almighty: “I had been feeling kind of down lately for a variety of reasons and this lifted my spirits. It’s like the Good Lord said, ‘I’m going to have one of the most famous girls on the face of the earth come visit you.’ You never know how you are going to be blessed.”

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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