both of Rocco’s restaurants close.

both of Rocco’s restaurants close.
The restaurant featured in The Restaurant closed forever last week, long after chef/owner/drama queen Rocco DiSpirito was escorted from the premises and told never to show his swollen face there again. Next week, he will no longer be the chef at his first restaurant, Union Pacific, which will close in late December. While he left Rocco’s on 22nd after a court order, Union Pacific’s owners say the decision to remove Rocco from the kitchen and close the restaurant was made mutually. Right. Rocco says in a predictable “perusing other opportunities” statement, “I found my culinary soul at Union Pacific, and my collaboration with Main Street Restaurant Partners has been a great experience for me. I have made a decision to take a break from the day-to-day operations of a restaurant to focus on other opportunities outside the restaurant world. Chef Laurent Tourondel is an excellent chef, and I wish him much success.” Next up for Rocco, according to an e.mail message he sent to Superchefblog and others: Rocco appears on QVC to hawk “Rocco’s Cooking In A Vacuum system that will show you a whole new, easy way to cook healthy, flavorful food.”

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.