The Simple Life 3 keeps half of Idol’s lead-in, was watched by 13.3 million.

The Simple Life 3 keeps half of Idol’s lead-in, was watched by 13.3 million.
Wednesday night after Idol, 13.3 million people had nothing better to do than stick around and watch the hour-long debut of The Simple Life 3. Although that was just half of American Idol 4‘s 26.6 million viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter, that helped FOX win the night and the hour. Paris will be keeping her face on TV when she hosts SNL (originally scheduled for Saturday, her appearance has apparently been bumped back to Feb. 5). Please, I beg you: stop encouraging her.
+ plus: once again, Paris is spreading rumors about wanting to go solo (second item).

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.