Gastineau Girls debuts on E! tonight.

Gastineau Girls debuts on E! tonight.
A new, alleged “celebrity” reality show debuts on E! tonight at 10 p.m. ET. However, Lisa and Brittny, the stars of Gastineau Girls, are so unknown that E! doesn’t even bother to identify them or describe the show on its web site. The New York Daily News’ Richard Huff, who gives the show zero stars, helpfully IDs them: “Lisa was once married to former New York Jets superstar Mark Gastineau. They divorced years ago, and the Gastineau girls have been living off Lisa’s settlement since.” He writes, “There is nothing redeemable here, no character to root for or even identify with, unless, that is, you too so crave attention that you’re willing to do anything.” In other words, Paris Hilton finally has a show she can watch. The New York Post says the series is a “train wreck” that’s “horrifyingly riveting,” and is essentially “‘The Gilmore Girls’ without the witty dialogue.”

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.