Abram gets probation, fine for smearing his feces in jail cell

Road Rules and Challenge cast member Abram Boise was sentenced to probation and a fine for an incident that ended with him writing his name in his own feces on a jail cell wall; he later bragged about that in a now-deleted tweet that said, “Cops were assholes tried to mace me in my cell.So I shit in my hand& thew it at him :) fuck the police.”

The Worcester Telegram reports that Abram’s “case was continued without a finding June 15 in Fitchburg District Court,” which is similar to pleading no contest. He “was put on probation for three months and ordered to pay $1,190 in restitution last week” after being charged in February “with two counts of defacing property Feb. 28.”

Saturday, Abram wrote on Twitter that “my name is now cleared- the charges are to be dismissed. I can go back to my life now.”

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.