Ryan, Paula deny they’re fighting

The drama between Ryan Seacrest and Paula Abdul is basically nonexistent, the two are now saying. Earlier this week, Ryan told People magazine that he was no longer talking to Paula.

But Ryan now tells Us Weekly that his comment to People “was said in jest. We are a dysfunctional family. There is no feud. Paula is on KIIS-FM [this morning] to tell me about the success of her jewelry line. The four of us are always going back and forth with each other.”

Paula concurs, telling the Associated Press in a statement, “Reports of a feud are ridiculous. We are one funny dysfunctional family. There’s nothing but love.”

And liquor. And prescription medication.

Us Exclusive: Seacrest Denies Feud with Paula [Us Weekly]
Seacrest: Relationship with Abdul ‘awkward’ [AP]

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.