Jen down to John Paul and Jerry; Ryan and his parents have issues with her.

Jen down to John Paul and Jerry; Ryan and his parents have issues with her.
Jen Shefft is just down to two men on The Bachelorette 2, one of whom she’ll inevitably profess her love for and then split with later, if the pattern holds. The two lucky guys are John Paul and Jerry. Before Jen makes her decision, this rapid-fire season will be stretched out a bit when, on Monday, “Jen’s rejected suitors gather to give the inside scoop … [and] former Bachelor Andrew Firestone makes a special guest appearance.” Ryan was the latest to go, and that’s good, considering both he and his parents are pissed at Jen. The issue is the episode where Jen visited their house and then expressed her annoyance at his parents’ apparent nonstop talk about Thailand. (“Let’s see, there’s Thailand, and Thailand, and, oh, Thailand,” Jen said in an interview.) While both Ryan and his mother Barbara Sheaffer say that the focus on their trip was, of course, all in the editing, and while Barbara told the Mail Tribune that they “actually had a good visit. She actually was pretty easy to get along with,” they’re annoyed with Jen’s reaction. “You don’t go on TV and diss somebody like that,” Barbara said. “Jen could have showed a little more class, especially with a national TV audience,” Ryan said.

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.