What Bethenny now thinks of Bravo and The Apprentice: Martha Stewart

Former Bravo star Bethenny Frankel is usually very open with her life, now including about how she views the network that made her truly famous (as a publicity tool) and the show that brought her to the public’s attention (a job interview for a job she truly wanted).

Speaking to reporters to promote her upcoming daytime talk show, Bethenny referred to to the time between the test run of her talk show last summer and the full-scale launch this year, and said, “I knew I’d be off the air for a year, and I was thinking, oh, I’m going to just fade into obscurity. So how am I staying on TV? Because I was going to do something with Bravo just to kind of stay relevant.”

It’s not clear what she would have done, but it’s interesting to hear her so directly acknowledge what was increasingly clear on her show, which was that it was a promotional vehicle.

Perhaps more surprisingly, Bethenny talks about being a finalist on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, and said, “I really did want that job. That was a job for $250,000. I was flat broke, and I just wanted to be Martha Stewarts’ successor. I said she democratized style. I wanted to democratized health. And I just wanted the job.”

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.