Survivor 5 wants to tape in Thailand.

Survivor 5 wants to tape in Thailand.
Rumors about South or Central America being the location for Survivor 5 aside, producers have apparently decided upon a national park in southern Thailand as their ideal filming location. As Reuters reports, the deal “is 90 percent done” according to an official, although environmental groups could challenge the decision, especially after the 1999 filming of The Beach reportedly caused significant environmental damage to another location in Thailand. However, the director of Thailand’s film board says, “We will ask environmentalists to help keep a close eye on them. This will not be another The Beach.”
+ plus: Mark Burnett: no commitment past Survivor 5 “leaves my options open.”

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.