Oxygen enables Paris Hilton by giving her yet another reality show

Once upon a time, a reality show with Paris Hilton and her friend Nicole Richie, The Simple Life, was amusing and entertaining. Then it got all fake and Paris Hilton became annoying as she went on to find a new best friend on multiple reality shows.

She faded away from reality TV, but now Oyxgen is giving her more attention: they are going to air an untitled series produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions that the network says will focus on “her life beyond what we see in the tabloids,” which includes “Paris and four important women in her life, through all of their ups and downs, loves gained and lost, marriages, kids, divorce and more, revealing a lively group of dynamic individuals.”

Those friends include Charlie Sheen’s wife Brooke Mueller, Playboy model Jennifer Rovero, and Allison Melnick, plus Paris’ mom, Kathy Hilton, who had her own failed reality series that she thought “fucking suck[ed]”.

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.