women stay together; Chris joins them.

women stay together; Chris joins them.
The women’s alliance has yet to fragment, as the latest Survivor Vanuatu castoff was Sarge, who became the first member of the jury. Two men remain, Chris and Chad. Interestingly, Chris voted for Sarge, cryptically saying, “This is for you, not against you.” Additionally, Sarge and Chad each voted for a different woman, suggesting their alliance fragmented before tribal council, or suggesting that they’re just dumb and couldn’t get their act together. Previews for next week suggest Scout moves to ally herself with the men, but this could just be Mark Burnett being sneaky. Will the remaining women stick together and leave us with an all-female final six?
+ columnist: If alliance holds, “the rest of the country–so afraid of gay marriage–may find some sad validation of their fears through the domination of lesbian-temptress, man-hating Ami.”

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.