Joan Rivers claims Paul Newman was going to be on Celebrity Apprentice

Celebrity Apprentice 2 winner and Donald Trump BFF Joan Rivers claims in a new documentary that she signed on for the show only because Paul Newman was going to participate, too, although he died a month before production began.

In Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, she says she signed on “because NBC assured her Paul Newman was initially set to do it. Rivers thought the show was beneath her, but with Newman’s supposed interest and her need for money, she signed up,” according to The New York Post.

But NBC denies that; a spokesperson said, “Paul Newman was not lined up to do ‘The Celebrity Apprentice.'”

By the way, here’s the trailer for the documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, which was screened at Sundance this year and was nominated for the documentary grand jury prize and won best documentary editing:

Paul Newman was set to do ‘The Celebrity Apprentice?’ [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.