Real Housewives of New York taping again with all six women

After unsubstantiated rumors that The Real Housewives of New York City might be replaced because they wanted six-figure salaries, the show has resumed production with all six women.

Page Six keeps that rumor afloat after noting that the “crew was spotted arriving at Jill Zarin’s fabric firm yesterday, and all the housewives are expected to head to the Hamptons to film together Thursday.”

But Life & Style quotes an “insider” who says “The ladies wanted more money, and they’re getting it. Bravo was happy to up their pay since the show makes more money now. The Housewives just had an issue with some of the wording in the contract.”

However, that insider/publicist also said, “Bethenny is getting her own show and she may be off Housewives for good come the season after next.” That was the rumor for this season, until Bethenny said it wasn’t true and that she wasn’t getting her own show.

Producers Could Replace… [New York Post]
The NYC Housewives are back to work [Life & Style]

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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