this week’s Entertainment Weekly explores Survivor 2, handicaps The Mole, and more.

this week’s Entertainment Weekly explores Survivor 2, handicaps The Mole, and more.
Entertainment Weekly’s “Guide to 2001″ double issue, on newsstands this week, includes a behind-the-scenes look at Survivor 2 from the Outback set, an excerpt from Mark Burnett’s forthcoming book, “Survivor II: The Field Guide,” answers to Temptation Island‘s “burning questions,” a look at FOX’s Boot Camp, presents the odds for which contestant is most likely The Mole, and a look at CBS’ “nemesis,” Tim the Yowie Man. Also, David Hochman’s story reveals that cast member Mitchell Olson worked at Entertainment Weekly as a temp before–and came back to work at the magazine after he returned from Australia.

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.