Savage: it’s “a horrible reality that I’m the one who got pinched by” the twist.

Savage: it’s “a horrible reality that I’m the one who got pinched by” the twist.
The merged tribe on Survivor Pearl Islands voted Andrew Savage out last week, and he says, “Without that twist … I really had a good chance of getting to the end and winning the damn thing.” While he’s bitter about the return of the outcasts, he says Mark Burnett and Jeff Probst are “brilliant at what they do and I welcome whatever they want to throw at me. Bring it on. It’s just a horrible reality that I’m the one who got pinched by it.” He also says it’s “hard to believe is that Jon is actually more obnoxious than you see on television.” Actually, that’s not hard to believe, considering “the asinine Virginia art consultant,” as the Sun-Times identifies him, refers to himself as Jonny Fairplay, for crying out loud.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.