“Robb did not enter the Survivor game because of the million dollar prize.”

“Robb did not enter the Survivor game because of the million dollar prize.”
After being booted from the Sook Jai tribe on Thursday’s episode of Survivor Thailand, Robb “two b’s!” Zbacnik appeared on the Early Show, where he told Julie Chen that he did not apply for the game in order to win. Instead, he said, “I set out to achieve happiness and figure out something about myself that I never knew existed. It exceeded anything I ever thought would happen. It was very pleasant.” And why did he bring a skateboard as a luxury item to a beach? “It sort of reminded me of home and kept me happy,” he said.

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.