shows focus on SUV-plowing publicist Lizzie Grubman, people who bet their cars.

shows focus on SUV-plowing publicist Lizzie Grubman, people who bet their cars.
Two semi-unrelated new reality TV shows both focus on vehicles. First, having apparently exhausted the supply of perky popstars willing to be featured in reality TV series, MTV is giving publicist Lizzie Grubman a six-episode series. PoweR Girls “will follow Grubman and her public relations team behind the velvet rope as they live, work and play in Manhattan, Los Angeles, the Hamptons and Miami,” the AP reports. Lizzie is best known not for her PR, but “for serving 37 days in jail for a 2001 incident in which she backed her sport utility vehicle into a crowd outside a trendy Long Island nightclub, injuring 16.” Elsewhere, on the Speed Channel, a new series will have contestants risking their rides. PINKS will debut in February and, “[u]sing the setting of a classic 1950s drag race, PINKS will pit contestants in a best two-out-of-three format, with the loser handing over the title (pink slip) to his or her vehicle,” according to a press release. The host of the show says, “NOTHING about this show is fake. If you lose the race, you lose your vehicle … period.”

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.