Jessica will star as Jessica Sampson in her rack-referencing ABC sitcom.

Jessica will star as Jessica Sampson in her rack-referencing ABC sitcom.
Branching off from Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica to the world of ABC sitcoms will apparently not involve much branching for Jessica. Defamer, the answer to the West coast’s bitchy blog inferiority complex, has obtained and watched a copy of the pilot. The site says it “was the most excruciating television viewing experience we’ve ever had, and once we screened Rock Me Baby during a ball (or labia) waxing.” In an apparent effort to keep Jessica’s confusion to a bare minimum, her character’s name on “Jessica” will be “Jessica Sampson,” and she’ll be dating “an offscreen boyfriend named ‘Vic.'” Besides “incessant references to Jessica’s rhododendron-level intellect,” Defamer also says that in the first episode, “there were frequent mentions of her rack.”

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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