Amazing Race dad: stitches “popped out five minutes after we were on the airplane.”

Amazing Race dad: stitches “popped out five minutes after we were on the airplane.”
The Amazing Race 5 was a spectacular trip, especially in its first few seconds, when the father part of the father and daughter team Jim and Marsha tripped, fell on his face, and tore open his knee. As they were the latest team to be eliminated, Jim now tells TV Guide about his injury. He says, “The stitches actually popped out five minutes after we were on the airplane,” but adds that he “was just concerned about infection, so I was taking antibiotics.” He also reveals the lies he told to the nurse who was stitching him up to encourage her to work more rapidly. Also, Marsha reveals that the fateful missed plane wasn’t a big deal; the problem was that the plane they were on was delayed by 30 minutes. She says, “Once we landed, we ran a really quick race. If it wasn’t for those 30 minutes, I think we could have caught up to Marshall and Lance. The producers even told us later that we were really close to beating those guys.”

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.

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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.