Van Halen reported to be Rock Star 2 group (again)

When CBS’ Rock Star returns this summer, the for Van Halen, according to TMZ.com. Citing unspecified “sources,” the site reports that “Van Halen is in the market for a new lead singer, and the marketplace will be the upcoming reality show.”

If this sounds familiar, it’s because last fall, MTV reported that Van Halen had been selected. Then, two days later, MTV corrected its story and said that “The band flatly denies any involvement in the show.”

Today, TMZ says that the group’s “reps are now singing a different tune. Van Halen publicist Larry Solters told TMZ: ‘I’m not denying it. I’m not going to answer any questions about it.'”

Van Halen: The Next ‘Rock Star’? [TMZ.com]

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.