eighth Survivor will be all-star edition.

eighth Survivor will be all-star edition.
The long-awaited all-star version of Survivor has been confirmed by CBS and Mark Burnett. After announcing details for Survivor Panama, which will include “more challenges in the water [and] an ongoing theme involving piracy and the biggest and most impressive tribal council area yet,” Burnett said the eigth season will be “an all-star Survivor tournament of champions,” according to Zap2it.com. Although the site reports “Burnett did give a final list of returning contestants,” it and other media outlets are only reporting the names of the following former cast members who will participate: Rudy Boesch, Richard Hatch, Susan Hawk, Jerri Manthey, Tina Wesson, and Ethan Zohn. The show will air next spring, The New York Daily News reports.
+ also: Reality News Online suggests all-star cast has yet to be selected.

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.

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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.