quadriplegic sues Apprentice before applying, saying rules violate the ADA.

quadriplegic sues Apprentice before applying, saying rules violate the ADA.
A quadriplegic lawyer is suing The Apprentice‘s producers, before he has even applied for the show. James W. Schottel Jr., a lawyer, says “that audition rules demanding ‘excellent physical’ health are discriminatory,” according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He “wants a preliminary injunction to block the show from holding contestant interviews scheduled for Friday in St. Louis until his case is heard. Beyond that, he wants an order that he ‘and others similarly situated’ be considered for the program.” The show, he says, violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. Of course, he’s arguing this before applying or being rejected. What would Donald Trump think of his lawsuit? “I think that if anything, he would admire me for standing up for what I believe in,” Schottel told the paper.

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.