Mark Burnett is a big fat liar.

Mark Burnett is a big fat liar.
Mark Burnett is irritating the TV and media critics he’s lied to about Survivor 2. The Toledo Blade’s Elaine Liner writes that Burnett lied to her about whether or not the cast members know who won. The Deseret News’ Scott D. Pierce has the same gripe. Not to defend him, but Burnett has, in the past, said to not trust him (like in this interview with the Chicago Tribune’s Steve Johnson) because he’ll do anything to protect his baby. Or maybe he was lying then.

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.