Tina first out on Survivor All-Stars.

Tina first out on Survivor All-Stars.
After doing everything in its power to drag out the post-game show and ram in a few hundred thousand commercials, CBS finally debuted Survivor All-Stars last night at about 10:52 p.m. ET. By the time the show was over around midnight, Survivor Australia winner Tina Wesson had been booted from her tribe during a rainy tribal council in a tree house. Her fellow non-winner tribe members argued that the winners had to go because they’d already won, but her eviction might be explained by Jeff Probst’s comment that Tina was “the most competitive person maybe ever on ‘Survivor.'” Earlier in the episode, Richard Hatch’s near-instantaneous nudity was easily outshined by Justin Timberlake’s completely, surely accidental baring of one of Janet Jackson’s breasts during the half-time show, which CBS and MTV have apologized for, but which Matt Drudge says “[t]op CBS executives approved.”

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.