Survivor brand owners plan legal action over celebrity “Survivor.”

Survivor brand owners plan legal action over celebrity “Survivor.”
The UK’s I’m a Celebrity–Get Me Out of Here!–which will come to the U.S. on ABC next year–wasn’t called Survivor, but the owners of Castaway Productions, the company that owns the rights to the format, “are now attempting to sue” the company that produced the celebrity show, the BBC reports. Castaway says that the celebrity show “contained many of the same elements” as Survivor, including stranding people in a remote location with only rice and water, and having them be voted off the show. “Survivor took many years to develop, a process costing hundreds of thousands of pounds,” the producers said. Earlier, Castaway sued Endemol over Big Brother, claiming that show was similar to Survivor.

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.

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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.