Survivor concludes Sunday; final four are Butch, Matt, Rob, and Jenna.

Survivor concludes Sunday; final four are Butch, Matt, Rob, and Jenna.
Heidi took the walk on Survivor Amazon last night, despite her apparent efforts to get the three guys to vote for a sickly and whiny Jenna, and despite the fact that Butch’s obsession with firewood probably caused the camp to burn down. That leaves Butch, Matt, Rob (who USA TODAY calls “the most compellingly conniving player in Survivor history”), and Jenna as the final four. The series concludes Sunday night with the usual three-hour long finale starting at 8 p.m. ET; the first two hours will be the last episode, followed by a live one-hour reunion from New York City.
+ also: Jeff Probst says that Amazon is “in the top three” with Australia and Survivor 1 and says “there was some content that was not appropriate” this season.

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.