Amber: “They were idiots for not getting rid of me or him, every single week.”

Amber: “They were idiots for not getting rid of me or him, every single week.”
Survivor All-Stars winner Amber Brkich says what we were all thinking: “They were idiots for not getting rid of me or him, every single week.” The “him” she speaks of is, of course, her now-fiance Rob. She tells USA TODAY, “It was so obvious. They thought we were caught up in each other more than the game. They were wrong.” Rob tells the Boston Herald, “Feelings got hurt. They can’t handle the fact they got beat. It’s sad for me because it cost me a million bucks.” USA TODAY also reports that, as of yesterday, 3.6 million people have already voted to give a Survivor $1 million. Early ratings for the finale indicate that an average of 24.1 million people watched the first two hours, while an average of 25 million watched the reunion–although the finale technically spilled over into the 10 p.m. hour.
+ update: 28 million watched the conclusion, and Survivor’s “highest adult 18-49 rating for a finale since “Survivor: Marquesas” in May 2002.”

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.