Paula Abdul will reportedly be paid between $5 and 8 million a year for Idol

Paula Abdul’s renewed contract for American Idol is, according to the New York Post, “worth between $5 million and $8 million each season, according to industry sources.”

Paula’s spokesperson would only tell the paper that they “do not at anytime comment on financial matters for Ms. Abdul.”

Because the other regulars have already signed contracts (Simon Cowell gets “roughly $10 million a year”), the show will pretty much stay the same for the next three years. And FOX will continue to just rake in the cash: The Post says the show is “generating more than $100 million in profits for Fox each season,” so even with massive salaries for its stars, the series is still doing quite well.

Paula Ab-Dollar’s Deal [New York Post]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.