stupid local news station reports on Survivor Vanuatu’s “dangerous conditions.”

stupid local news station reports on Survivor Vanuatu’s “dangerous conditions.”
Not that we needed a reason to make the people who work on local news stations wear scarlet As for “asshat,” but here comes more evidence that they’re working overtime to freak us out with useless non-news. CBS News 5 in Phoenix, KPHO, reports on, and I quote, “some scoop on the upcoming season” of Survivor Vanuatu, which debuts Sept. 16. While that sounds like they actually have some real news to report, they instead say that “contestants may be in for the most dangerous conditions ever seen on the show.” Is there an outbreak of typhoid fever? A radiocative lizard roaming around? Not quite. Here’s the shocking news: “The Islands of Vanuatu are mostly un-inhabited. They are full of active volcanos. And if that’s not enough–they’re rumbling with earthquakes. The latest one measured 5.7 on the Richter scale.” Where were they when we needed to know that the Pearl Islands were surrounded on all sides by water, which is the substance people are very likely to drown in!

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.