Duggars announce that they’re having a 19th kid, because 18 were just not enough

A year ago, appeared on The Today Show this morning to talk about it, and the show’s story says “Michelle has now been pregnant 147 months of her life, with five more to go. That’s 12-plus years and counting.” She’s 42, so she’s been pregnant for nearly 30 percent of her life.

Newsweek reported earlier that they “describe themselves as conservative Christians” but “follow a belief system that … is a pro-life-purist lifestyle known as Quiverfull, where women forgo all birth-control options, viewing contraception as a form of abortion and considering even natural family planning an attempt to control a realm–fertility–that should be entrusted to divine providence.”

As to future kid #19, People is practically orgasmic over the news TLC is celebrating this, and while I’m baffled enough by the constant squealing about celebrity pregnancies, this just seems like pure insanity. I can’t imagine there’s any rational response except to start a condom-mailing campaign to encourage TLC to greenlight a show to counterbalance this madness. Call it Two People Who Don’t Need to Keep Having Babies to Bring Meaning Into Their Lives.

Arkansas family prepares for baby No. 19 [Today Show]
Extreme Motherhood [Newsweek]

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.