producer: “I have to keep myself motivated and interested.”

producer: “I have to keep myself motivated and interested.”
As Gretchen threatens to reveal the last castaway, because “everybody knows who the winner is,” Survivor‘s executive producer responded to questions about the possible revelation of the final four in the opening credits last Wednesday by saying he is “really having a game with myself. I just love certain things. You have to know I’m far from stupid. It’s for fun.”
+ also: Greg isn’t in the public eye right now “because Greg is Greg and Greg didn’t want to be on TV.”
+ plus: The two-hour finale on Aug. 23 will now feature a third hour–a live town hall meeting with all 16 contestants.

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.