man sues again over Apprentice idea.

man sues again over Apprentice idea.
After suing in federal court last September, a man is now suing NBC in state court claiming he came up with the idea for The Apprentice. Now, Mark Bethea is suing Mark Burnett and Conrad Riggs, saying that “Bethea pitched the idea to Burnett and Riggs in 2001 and they later lifted ‘substantial and integral material’ from ‘C.E.O.'”, his proposed reality TV series that also starred Donald Trump. Unfortunately, the AP’s story says nothing of what happened to the federal lawsuit, or why Bethea’s now suing in state court, all of which would actually help us understand what the hell is going on.

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.