Why Bret Michaels wasn’t on Apprentice; X Factor’s new judges; NBC’s fictional reality; RHONYC sign contracts

  • The X Factor has new judges: Destiny’s Child’s Kelly Rowland, who also judged on the UK version of the show, and Paulina Rubio, a Latin pop star. Their addition probably brings more credibility than its panel last year, but probably doesn’t change the fact that it’s a giant, unwatchable mess.
  • Why was Bret Michaels missing in action on The Celebrity Apprentice‘s finale? His time on the show didn’t exactly leave him looking good, but Bret tweeted that he was absent because of previous commitments: “Unfortunately I won’t be able 2 attend tonight’s #celebapprentice finale due 2 a private event & my daughter’s b-day.” He also wished Penn and Trace good luck.
  • NBC will air a scripted series, Siberia, that’s about contestants in a competition series who have to “band together in an effort to survive” injuries and “strange occurrences.” In a press release, NBC executive Jeff Bader said, “We believe a scripted series that offers an insightful behind-the-scenes view of how a reality concept comes together — especially when things don’t go according to plan — will connect with our audience in a very satisfying way.” Hopefully it’s more insightful than The Office’s weak, scripted look behind-the-scenes of a reality series.
  • The Real Housewives of New York City cast members held up production over new contracts, but Deadline reports they “took the modest pay increases Bravo was offering for season 6 rather than continue to hold out for big raises” and Bravo “also threw in a few more contractual baubles like covering expenses for additional hair and make-up for the cast..”
  • Want some one-on-one time with an executive at a production company or other people in the entertainment industry? Bid on several opportunities by Tuesday afternoon, including Shed Media’s US GM Pamela Healey, Fremantle North America SVP of Nonfiction Development, Alex Demyanenko in LA, producer Basketball Wives Troy DeVolld, and Bob Barker (yes, from The Price is Right). Proceeds will benefit the Caucus Foundation, which says it is “helping to launch the professional careers of student filmmakers (television, film and interactive) from groups currently underrepresented in the industry.”
  • America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon said that American Idol‘s producers and network “feed into” the drama between his wife Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj; he also said that Mariah predicted the panel wouldn’t work.
  • How social media created (and destroyed) Tila Tequila.
  • Teen Mom 2‘s Jenelle Evans talked about her heroin addiction on the reunion.
  • Duane Chapman settled a six-year legal dispute with Dog the Bounty Hunter executive producer Boris Krutonog, but now both are waiting for A&E to release millions of dollars they network has been holding.
  • Farah Abraham’s porn/sex tape/thing outsold Kim K. and Ray J‘s sex tape. Congratulations to her.
  • Palestinians are competing to become “unofficial youth envoys” on a reality series.
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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, 37, 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.