Reality check: An actor’s reality TV past, Jersey Shore spin-offs’ declining popularity

Welcome to a new and entirely unoriginal–in name and format–feature, in which I’ll run down the stories that don’t fit anywhere else and/or don’t inspire a full-length post and/or rant. Link suggestions? Please send them!

Actor Emma Stone’s first gig was winning the 2004 VH1 reality series The New Partridge Family; she was Laurie Partridge in the pilot that never made it to series. [The Daily Beast]

Surprising: Snooki and JWoww are less popular than Pauly D, and the Jersey Shore magic doesn’t seem to be extending to their spin-offs. The women’s show had half a million fewer viewers than Pauly D’s. [Variety]

Jack Osbourne, who recently announced that he has multiple sclerosis, said on The Talk that was fired from an unnamed reality show via e.mail because of his MS; a British tabloid said the show is NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes, produced by Mark Burnett. [The Sun]

Frenchie Davis, kicked off of American Idol because the show discovered she masturbated on a web site called Daddy’s Little Girls, has come out as a lesbian. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

The Real World: St. Thomas cast member Brandon Kane may or may not be from Southie. Oh no. [BostInno]

If Saturday’s three-hour Big Baboon House special wasn’t enough of a Big Brother parody for you, here’s footage with Big Brother‘s music. [YouTube]

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.