CBS “bombarded” with calls about Rupert, who CBS says is MIA.

CBS “bombarded” with calls about Rupert, who CBS says is “unavailable.”
CBS received more than 2,200 calls Friday “showing concern and rage” after Rupert Boneham was voted out of Survivor Pearl Islands. (What, did you think they’d put him back on the show if you just called and bitched?) Meanwhile, CBS and Rupert’s family are being coy about Rupert’s whereabouts.
“He is unavailable,” CBS’ spokesperson says. His brother says “[h]e’s kind of hiding out.” Of course, it’s not really a secret where Rupert is right now.

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.