CBS won’t confirm or deny male/female tribe split on Survivor Thailand.

CBS won’t confirm or deny male-female tribe split on Survivor Thailand.
Ads for the Sept. 19 debut of Survivor Thailand clearly include Jeff Probst instructing the cast members, “ladies on the left, men on the right.” But does that mean the tribes will be split based upon sex? CBS wouldn’t confirm or deny anything to Entertainment Weekly, but producer Mark Burnett said it’s “a very, very different first act than you’ve ever seen before.” He says it “would be the worst thing is if I didn’t change things around. Then the [castaways] would start to predict things and become comfortable psychologically because they’ve seen the show.”

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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