contestant: “I’m…in the hands of these editors…And that scares me to death.”

contestant: “I’m…in the hands of these editors…And that scares me to death.”
USA Network’s Nashville Star starts with live shows Saturday at 9 p.m. ET as the 12 finalists sing “Nashville classics” and prepare to possibly be eliminated by viewer votes. Finalist Travis Howard tells the AP that he’s more nervous because “I’m completely in the hands of these editors. … And that scares me to death.” The AP also talks to the show’s executive producer, George Verschoor, who directed and produced the first seasons of The Real World and produced Murder in Small Town X.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.