Donate to TAR Jaymes’ dad; Packers fans show; Cheryl Cole: $1.8m to not judge; Senator hates MTV show he hasn’t seen

  • Jenni Rivera, a musician who coached a season of Mexico’s version of The Voice and starred in a highly rated reality series on mun2, died in a plane crash Sunday. Besides I Love Jenni and her successful recording career (she won two Billboard awards recently) led to a sitcom in development in ABC. Mun2 will air repeats of her show this week.
  • If you’d like to give money to help Amazing Race finalist Jaymes’ dad, who is battling cancer, Jaymes has created a web site, ForgetCancerNow.com, to solicit donations that go to things such as his “medical expenses, living expenses, bill payments, food, taxes imposed on donations.”
  • Cheryl Cole is suing the producers of Fox’s X Factor for $2.3 million, which she says her contract guaranteed. Fascinatingly, she was paid $1.8 million for not doing anything on season one of the Fox reality show, because she was dropped before the show even began. Simon Cowell took “full responsibility”, so maybe he’ll pay?
  • Dancing with the Stars co-host Brooke Burke is recovering from surgery for her thyroid cancer.
  • When America’s Supernanny returns to Lifetime, the new nanny, Deborah Tillman, will be living with families for a week. The show will also get a new subtitle: “Family Lockdown.”
  • Kat Von D is getting Jesse James’ face removed from her arm.
  • Paul Watson is back on the Steve Irwin after escaping capture, and Sea Shepherd says they plan to confront the Japanese whaling fleet near Japan. No word about how self-filming for Whale Wars is going.
  • Green Bay Packers fans auditioned for a reality show pilot being filmed by production company Good Clean Fun for a Style network show. The show will be about “about how being a Packer fan, how that encompasses all aspects of their lives,” according to a casting associate.
  • A Democratic senator from West Virginia, Joe Manchin, wants MTV to cancel Buckwild because he is “repulsed” by the fact that MTV “preyed on young people, coaxed them into displaying shameful behavior” and because the show “plays to ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia.” Of course, he has not watched it, though he did see a preview, perhaps the one below. The show’s producer, Zoo Productions’ John Stevens, defended the show as “not looking at a train wreck,” even though that is kind of what the trailer looks like.
  • 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.