Michael burns his hands and leaves; tribes will merge with equal numbers.

Michael burns his hands and leaves; tribes will merge with equal numbers.
The dramatic accident that has been the source of speculation for days wasn’t a person falling off a horse nor getting thrashed by a crocodile. Rather, Michael fell into the fire after passing out, badly burning his hands and part of his face. He was airlifted out of the Outback and left the game; there was no immunity challenge and the tribes will merge with five players each.
+ also: Mike says Survivor changed his life.
+ and: Mike didn’t even tell his wife about the burns.

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.