Wife Swap fake, Coolio says; Real Housewives drama; Survivor married; answers about questions

  • ABC’s celebrity Wife Swap faked Coolio’s relationship with a woman, he said. “Listen. It was all set up. I’m nothing like that. I’m not even with Mimi. I never was. She’s a friend of mine. They tried to make me look bad. I don’t want to do that stuff again,” he told the Daily Record. The episode suggested that Mimi was his girlfriend, and that she left him because of his behavior.
  • As Andy Cohen artfully and professionally revealed on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion, Adrienne Maloof won’t be returning next season. One report suggested that it was “because of family court gag orders, which prohibits her from being allowed to discuss her divorce or custody whatsoever.” Someone claiming to be close to Adrienne told Radar that “she is through with dealing with all the non stop drama and verbal assaults. Brandi and Lisa were both telling producers before the taping that they were looking forward to pouncing on Adrienne. She heard about it and decided there was no way she was going to let those bitches come after her like that.”
  • Kandi Burruss sued Kim Zolciak-Biermann over “Tardy For the Party,” claiming copyright infringement, and Kim has responded, saying it was “was created by four people who share in the royalties” and the timing of the lawsuit “raises serious questions about the true motives behind the filing this lawsuit for alleged record royalties due from a song that was released over three and a half years ago.”
  • BET’s fictional parody series Real Husbands of Hollywood has been renewed for a second season; season two will include Kevin Hart and “Nick Cannon, husband of music superstar Mariah Carey, Boris Kodjoe, husband of actress Nicole Ari Parker, Duane Martin, husband of actress Tisha Campbell-Martin, J.B. Smoove, husband of the songstress Shahidah Omar and Robin Thicke, husband of actress Paula Patton”
  • Soup to Nuts, the Central Florida restaurant featured on Restaurant Impossible last week, had 70 health code violations–including one post-filming.
  • Survivor One World winner Kim Spradlin got married on a beach in Mexico.
  • The choreographer of Phantom of the Opera, Cats, and other stage productions, Gillian Lynne, warned that reality TV hurts theatre: Television, especially reality TV, is a danger because producers drop someone into a role who has been on television. It’s not healthy. They want instant fame.”
  • You’ve probably noticed by now that you may be asked to answer a question or share a story in order to read beyond the introduction. I’m trying out Google Consumer Surveys as a way to make money, basically, because hosting and producing content isn’t free. I explained more here, including that I decided to try this because I’ve encountered it elsewhere and liked them, especially compared to more obnoxious ways of generating revenue, such as pop-up ads. I appreciate privacy concerns, but if you click on the privacy and “learn more” links on the surveys, you’ll see that they’re anonymous, and not used to serve you other ads, nor are they linked to the commenting system, nor do I have access to the results. (Interestingly, this survey technology produced the second-most accurate presidential polls last fall.) I’m already starting to experiment with how often they show up, so that those of you who are the most loyal readers, especially, aren’t inconvenienced. I welcome your feedback, as always.
  • 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.