Marshall and Lance quit the race.

Marshall and Lance quit the race.
For the first time in the show’s five-season history, a team quit The Amazing Race. During the sixth leg of the race, Marshall and Lance were almost to the pit stop, working on the last Road Block. Once they realized they were the last team, they decided to quit, especially since Marshall’s injured knees would have prevented them from making it to the pit stop in Luxor, Egypt. They were Philiminated on the site of the Road Block, which Phil pointed out was yet another first, as he had actually hunt down and then interact with a team somewhere other than that mat with the earth on it. The bowling moms were able to recover from their last-place finish, which left them stripped of cash; they borrowed from tourists and benefited from a late charter flight that equalized all the teams. The fun continues next week, when either Charla or Mirna–who can tell them apart?–screams at someone else, “Bitch, get out of the way.”

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.