booted tribe members return, win, so two will rejoin the game; Osten quits.

booted tribe members return, win, so two will rejoin the game; Osten quits.
In a major twist, the six booted Survivor Pearl Islands tribe members returned as a third tribe last night, causing the remaining player’s already withered bodies to convulse. The third tribe, known as The Outcasts, was short-lived: They competed in a single challenge for the chance to vote up to two of their six members back into the game. Jeff Probst told us in between pirate stories that they had all been subsisting on rations, at “a secret camp”, the NY Post says. Since they beat both tribes in the challenge, Drake and Morgan went to tribal council to each vote a member out. Drake dumped Shawn, while Morgan didn’t even vote, as Osten decided to “lay down his torch” and be the first Survivor player ever to quit, which seemed to piss Jeff off. Next week, the Outcasts vote to send two back into the game; those two will have automatic immunity for at least a week.

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.