Jennifer Lopez quitting American Idol, it seems

Jennifer Lopez appears to be quitting American Idol after two seasons judging and less than two years since the drama of her hiring unfolded over the summer.

Yesterday, she laid the groundwork for exiting by telling Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show, “I don’t know. I enjoy it, I really do enjoy it. I’ve done it–now this is my second year. I don’t know; I don’t know if I can go for a third year. I miss doing other things. It really does lock you down, which was nice the first year, with the babies being three and four. … I just don’t know.”

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that it confirmed with a Fox source an E! Online report that is basically written from her perspective, insisting she’s now “too busy” to stay with the show. Earlier, she told E! that this “is just like any working mom’s dilemma.”

Yeah, many mothers do face the choice of whether to continue making $12 million a year for three hours of a work per week for five months, or to quit their jobs and spend more time with their kids.

Update: Forbes makes a compelling argument that this is “just good negotiating,” with her team floating these stories to an always-willing-to-be-used gossip machine.

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.