Paula Abdul refused to do more Hey Paula, which she says was “disturbing”; wants a child

Paula Abdul says her Bravo reality series “was hard for me to watch. Disturbing,” she tells USA TODAY. As a result, she would not agree to a second season, even though she was asked to do one.

Like so many stars before her, Paula blames the editing. “They’d put a camera on me when I got wind that my dog was in a coma, and they’d make it (seem) like it was about hair and makeup,” she said.

Yet the paper reports that while Paula “felt double-crossed when producers persuaded her to address her widely criticized Idol press junket debacle, in which she seemed disoriented,” she “believes the series portrayed her as an ‘endearing’ person who works hard and is exhausted and a bit dizzy — from sleep deprivation, not booze and drugs.” And “she is in talks with other networks for a new solo show,” according to the paper.

Perhaps most disturbingly, Paula–who’s been dating J.T. Torregiani for the past five months–says she’s ready to spawn. “That’s the next step in my life. Definitely within the next two years. I thought by now I’d have three grown children. … With modern medicine, people are having kids in their 40s and even up until their late 40s,” she says. “In their 50s, they’re having their second child. If it doesn’t happen naturally like that, I would always consider adopting,” she said.

Abdul on children, love and ‘Hey Paula’ [USA TODAY]

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.

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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.