FOX considering syndicating Simple Life; Paris reportedly says n word in new video.

FOX considering syndicating Simple Life; Paris reportedly says n word in new video.
In addition to selling the show internationally, Twentieth Century television is trying to sell The Simple Life to cable networks. They have “drawn interest from several cable networks. The asking price is estimated to be in the neighborhood of $200,000, far below par for scripted series,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, UK journalist Carole Aye Maung has seen the new Paris Hilton sex tape. She tells the New York Daily News that, in in addition to banging Backstreet Boy Nick Carter in a car, Paris “is polite to [two black men who want to work with her], but calls them ‘dumb n–s’ after they leave.” That might be straining Paris and Nicole’s relationship, Rush and Molloy report today. Or, their relationship could be strained because the person who is trying to sell the tape to media organizations is “an ex-boyfriend of Richie’s, and he is now in negotiations to sell it back to Hilton.” Either way, if there is a third season of The Simple Life, it’ll be hard to match all of this pre-season drama during the actual show.

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.