Flavor Flav wants to return to high school for his sixth reality series

Flavor Flav, who turned 50 in March, wants to return to high school and be filmed for what would be his sixth reality series, but he doesn’t have a network yet.

Flavor, aka William Drayton, dropped out in 10th grade and “is teaming with producer Eric Ortner to shop a new series to networks in which he returns to high school to receive his diploma,” The Hollywood Reporter’s James Hibberd reports.

“I’ve been known to be a leader and I’ve had a lot of followers and there’s a certain franchise I’ve set up on VH1. This show can be big enough to change the direction of reality shows,” Flavor said. He’s referring indirectly to Ryan Jenkins’ murder/suicide, and Orther said, “It’s perfect timing to change the type of show he was going to do and be more message-driven.”

The fact that they are announcing that they’re shopping the series and making a public pitch to VH1 is kind of odd, and might mean that there isn’t much interest.

Flavor Flav shopping new reality show [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.