Paula Abdul “invited to stay for the duration of” American Idol

In an article that’s as annoyingly incoherent as Paula Abdul, The Associated Press reports that the American Idol judge has “been invited to stay for the duration of the show, subject to agreement on the details of a new deal.” There are no direct quotations about her negotiations, but the article says Paula “says she’s optimistic that she’ll be able to negotiate a new contract to allow her to remain as an ‘American Idol’ judge.” So in other words, she’s still in talks to renew her expired contract. Thanks for the breaking news, AP.

Abdul feels optimistic about returning to ‘Idol’ [AP]

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.

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.