Real Housewives Jacqueline’s daughter convicted of assaulting Danielle

Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member Jacqueline Laurita’s daughter Ashley Holmes was convicted of assaulting her mom’s fellow cast member Danielle Staub at a Nov. 11 charity event. She was fined $189 for pulling Danielle’s hair.

Danielle “recounted before [judge Lawrence] Katz a Nov. 11 fight at the North Jersey Country Club where the teenage daughter of a castmate allegedly pulled out one of her hair extensions,” The New Jersey Record reported.

Ashley’s attorney told the paper that “the judge dismissed the harassment charge. The judge was very sympathetic and I want to thank the prosecutor; when it came down to sentencing Ashley, Mr. Melani also expressed sympathy for Ashley and asked the judge to be extremely lenient.”

Guilty verdict in Danielle Staub assault in Wayne [New Jersey Record]

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.