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 FOX411.com 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 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.