Hatch won’t plead, will face grand jury.

Hatch won’t plead, will face grand jury.
A day before he was scheduled to plead guilty to tax evasion, Richard Hatch “backed out of his agreement to plead guilty to charges that he did not pay taxes on more than $1 million in earnings that stemmed from winning the hit reality TV show,” the Providence Journal reports. Now, “the U.S. attorney will bring Hatch’s case before a grand jury.” Why exactly one would do this isn’t clear, but since I’m not a lawyer, and am only an expert in media whoring, it seems like a good strategy to get one’s name in the paper again, or possibly to recreate the thrill of winning Survivor all over again, but this time in front of a new, grander jury.

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.