Jennifer Aniston’s MTV reality show not real, unsurprisingly

A report that Jennifer Aniston will be the star of an MTV docu-soap series is not true, even though it makes perfect sense that an A-list star would sign on to expose her private life on MTV (please!).

Fox News reported last month that “MTV programming president Tony DiSanto and senior VP Liz Gateley are leaving the network to form their own production company, and insiders tell they have their sights set on upgrading from D-List to A-list,” specifically Jennifer Aniston. An anonymous “insider” told Fox News that “[w]hen I saw that Jennifer Aniston showed up at the premiere for ‘Hard Times of RJ Berger’ in Los Angeles last summer, I was like, ‘OK–something’s up.’ It was very smart for Tony to align himself in that way.”

But Tony says nothing’s up. Showbiz Spy picked up the story a month later, and Gossip Cop followed up on that report, and their report was widely disseminated because the media and crappy gossip blogs thrive on picking up month-old anonymously sourced stories and oversimplifying them and repeating them without bothering to tell readers where the information came from.

Anyway, DiSanto told Gossip Cop, “While I’m a huge fan of hers, it is news to me that we are working together,” but says he would be “happy to meet [her], though.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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.