site stops Survivor betting after suspect wagers; Jeff told Jon to shut the f up.

site stops Survivor betting after suspect wagers; Jeff told Jon to shut the f up.
BetWWTS.com suspended trading on Survivor Pearl Islands before it even debuted because of “a number of wagers all placed on the same contestant from newly opened accounts originating from Vancouver, British Columbia.” The site similarly stopped trading on Survivor Amazon after many people bet on Jenna and Matt, who turned out to be the final two players. Meanwhile, Jeff Probst continues to talk about this season, telling The National Post that he got in an argument with Jon and told him to “shut the eff up” on the first day. Jeff summarizes the season by saying it includes “[t]he greatest lie ever told on Survivor, the biggest regret–at least from my point of view–and probably the most impactful twist that we’ve ever done.”
+ also: Morgan loses immunity, votes Nicole off.

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.