Ryan Lochte’s reality TV connection, Colin Farrell loves Biggest Loser, Ryan Seacrest MIA at Olympics, CBS cancels 3

Olympian Ryan Lochte has been linked to VH1 reality star K. Michelle, from Love and Hip-Hop. [RumorFix]

To get in shape for his role in Total Recall, Colin Farrell watched The Biggest Loser, which he calls “one of my favorite shows.” [Fox 411]

NBC’s decision to include Ryan Seacrest in their coverage of the London Olympics is baffling in part because he isn’t great at what he’s doing there, but as Mary McNamara notes, “Seacrest’s presence at the London Games has been most notable for its absence.” Excellent. [Los Angeles Times]

CBS’ absurdly low-rated dating series 3 has been cancelled after two episodes. The most surprising part about this is that the show was produced by Magical Elves. [Vulture]

Snooki is looking forward to giving birth to a baby, a new perfume, nail polish, and nail stickers. Also she wants to write a children’s book, seriously. [Hollywood Reporter]

Jersey Shore star Pauly D makes $11 million a year–as a DJ alone. [Yahoo]

The Amazing Race cast member Jaime Edmondson went Hillbilly Handfishin’. [YouTube]

Read the first chapter of Teen Mom Farrah Abraham’s book My Teenage Dream Ended; clearly, her teenage dream didn’t involve becoming a star famous enough to publish a memoir. [MTV]

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.