second season of Newlyweds continues, Ashlee Simpson’s show debuts tonight.

second season of Newlyweds continues, Ashlee Simpson’s show debuts tonight.
The Simpson sisters and their dad own the 10 p.m. hour Wednesdays on MTV starting tonight. First, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica returns for a third season. Apparently, it’s a bit rougher this time, as The New York Post reports that “there’s some trouble in paradise” because Nick “has to cope with CaCee Cobb, Simpson’s best friend and road manager, who moves in with the couple while she’s looking for an apartment.” At 10:30, Jessica’s sister takes over with her new show, oddly titled The Ashlee Simpson Show. The series follows the former 7th Heaven star “as she signs her first record deal, writes her songs, auditions her band and records her very first album.”

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.