Jeff Probst: “The only satisfaction [crew members] get is from within.”

Jeff Probst: “The only satisfaction [crew members] get is from within.”
Chicago Sun-Times TV critic Phil Rosenthal visits the set of Survivor Marquesas, and reports on the logistics and unseen talent that goes into producing the show. Host Jeff Probst praises the crew’s work, saying “[t]he cameramen are storytellers and the editors are uncredited producers” who are motivated by Burnett, “this incredibly inspirational leader.” Rosenthal also reports on this year’s location, the island of Nuka Hiva, and its amenities, which include the virus that causes elephantiasis and sand fleas called “no-no”s that “leave terrible welts on anyone who has left skin exposed and failed to apply a greasy, sickly sweet-smelling insecticide.”

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.