Coolio will star in Oxygen series Coolio & the Gang

Coolio, the “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper and single dad of six, is getting his own reality show on Oxygen, the female-foucsed cable network.

Coolio & the Gang will debut in the second quarter of next year, and “will show him balancing his life as a family man with his rap career and launching his own clothing line,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“Oxygen likes to rewrite the rulebook for women and women’s programming, and this show has a lot of inherent female appeal. Coolio is a single dad raising kids, and it’s got a lot of unconventional parenting aspects to it. He wants his kids to do as he says, not as he does,” Oxygen programming president Debby Beece said in statement.

RDF VP Greg Goldman added, “In Coolio, we have a fascinating reality character — an unfiltered opinion, a unique point of view and a personality that explodes off the screen. We can’t wait to get the cameras rolling.”

Oxygen duets with Coolio [Hollywood Reporter]

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.