tribes merge; immunity rules change.

tribes merge; immunity rules change.
The two tribes merged on Survivor Marquesas, after ambassadors Rob and Kathy met to create a new tribal name (Soliantu) and flag. At that meeting, Rob told Kathy that her original tribe planned to vote her out first, and later openly confronted Zoe, John, and others about their alliance. But his strategy didn’t work; after Kathy won immunity, Rob was voted off the island. At tribal council, Jeff Probst introduced a new rule: the owner of the immunity necklace now has the ability to give it away to buy a vote or protect a friend. Earlier, Sean revealed that he and John “[had] shared moments that have nothing to do with the game” by talking about what “it’s like to be a black man, and what it’s like to be a gay man, and what it’s like to be isolated.”

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.