Mark Burnett, who’s never seen Big Brother, says CBS had no input into twist.

Mark Burnett, who’s never seen Big Brother, says CBS had no input into twist.
Defending the twist that will be fully realized on tonight’s episode of Survivor Pearl Islands, and that “has rankled some die-hards,”
USA TODAY reports, Mark Burnett says that the show couldn’t have taken a hint from its inadequate bastard sibling, Big Brother. He’s “never, ever seen an episode of Big Brother. I have no idea what they do,” the Knoxville News-Sentinel reports. Burnett also said that this wasn’t the network’s idea: “CBS has no say in this. Why would they have any say in what I do in the game?”

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.