Survivor 2 will air Thursdays at 8 p.m., opposite NBC’s Friends.

Survivor 2 will air Thursdays at 8 p.m., opposite NBC’s Friends.
CBS has finally made a decision, placing Survivor 2 on the schedule opposite NBC’s venerable Friends. The New York Times (story requires free registration) reports that the move indicates CBS’ “plans to challenge NBC on Thursday night for the young audience that NBC has had a lock on since the early 1990’s.”
+ plus: Survivor Sucks IDs another contestant.
+ and: “Not a Rudy [or]… Sue” in the cast, Burnett says.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.

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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.