NBC lawyers said no to casting Michael Lohan, Lindsay’s father, for celebrity Apprentice

Michael Lohan, Lindsay Lohan’s father, was going to be a cast member on The Apprentice 7, the upcoming celebrity edition, but although Trump wanted him for the show, NBC’s lawyers said no.

“NBC lawyers rejected him because of his criminal past and current parole,” Tabloid Baby reports. Lohan is now spending his post-prison time training to be a minister, but is still on parole. Thus, he was replaced by Stephen Baldwin, who is one of the nine cast members revealed Friday, as the show is currently being produced in New York City.

In August, Trump reportedly said that he wanted to cast Lindsay Lohan along with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. He also said that “everybody” wanted to be cast for the show, yet from what we know so far, he ended up with a group that’s barely D-list.

Exclusive! Michael Lohan was set to be one of Donald Trump’s “Celebrity” Apprentices [Tabloid Baby]

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.