Jose Canseco received $50,000 for Surreal Life appearance

Hanging around a few other has-beens in the Surreal Life 5 house was financially lucrative for Jose Canseco. He received $50,000 for his time, roughly $5,000 a day for the 10-day shoot.

However, that money didn’t help him make good on a promise to help out a charity. When the cast worked to “fix up an L.A. battered women’s shelter, he pledged $10,000 to the shelter,” the New York Daily News’ Lloyd Grove reports. Now, “[s]even months later, the Jenesee Center for Battered Women has yet to collect on the promised donation.”

Canseco’s lawyer, Robert Saunooke, says he can’t pay because “his assets have been frozen” due to a Miami jury’s judgment against him. Grove reports that “the shelter turned down Canseco’s offer to make a fund-raising appearance instead.”

Canseco reneges on 10G promise to L.A. shelter [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.

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.