Jon Gosselin ordered to stop appearances TLC calls “inconsistent with the image of our show”

On Thursday, TLC won a temporary injunction against Jon Gosselin that prevents him from making public appearances, at least until an April 19 trial. People reports that TLC’s Chief Operating Officer Edward Sabin testified that “Jon surrounded by scores of bikini-clad women is inconsistent with the image of our show” and it is “embarrassing” for the network.

While any excuse to keep Jon out of public works for me, and of course he did sign a contract, I find a TV network dictating someone’s life to be mildly disturbing, especially when those are predicated on some kind of arbitrary determination of the “image” of a series that has left eight children traumatized and became popular because of its depiction of marital dysfunction.

Judge Halts Jon Gosselin’s Media Appearances [People]

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.