Howard Stern’s name floated as possible Simon Cowell replacement

In the endless game of “Who Will Replace Simon?”, an unlikely name has surfaced: Howard Stern. Page Six cites an “insider” and claims that Stern “is their top choice” to replace Simon, but at least as the sense to cite another source who says, “We believe this is a ploy to make Sirius pay up and keep him on his huge contract.”

As MJ points out, this all makes very little rational sense. She writes, “I find it hard to believe Idol producers would hire a personality as polarizing as Stern’s–especially amongst their core audience of women–as their replacement for Cowell. And the dude’s not exactly family friendly, either.”

The only way that makes sense is if the show and/or Howard Stern decide to make themselves over and transform into something new, but I doubt either will happen. Especially with the unpredictable reception to American Idol without Simon Cowell, I doubt the producers will do anything risky like this.

‘Idol’ producers want Howard Stern to replace Cowell [New York Post]

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.

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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.