Martha jokes that she wanted to dismiss apprentices with “Your ass is grass!’

If an interview Martha Stewart conducted with Newsweek is any indication, her season of The Apprentice is going to be cra-zy. For starters, Martha said that, for her still super-secret firing catchphrase, she wanted to say, “Your ass is grass!”

Prison didn’t totally take away the Martha we know and love, though, as she followed that by ensuring us that it was “a joke.” Oh, Martha.

The Martha we’ll see on the show is “Merry Martha,” who is perhaps happy because the prison rapes have ceased. She says we’ll be surprised by who we see on TV. “Maybe it’s time to think of me a little differently. In the last two years, people have tried to make me a dour, miserable human being, and I’m not.”

Martha is new diva of pink slips [New York Daily News]

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.