millionaire wins Real Gilligan’s Island, which returns next summer with a new cast.

millionaire wins Real Gilligan’s Island, which returns next summer with a new cast.
The fifth and final episode of TBS’ The Real Gilligan’s Island aired last week, concluding the series’ insanely fast run as one of the millionaires took home the $250,000 prize. A press release says that “Stearns matched the prize money on behalf of his 26 Stearns companies and donated it to the Stearns Family Charitable Foundation, which he founded with his wife, Mindy, who finished second in the competition.” It does not say what he’ll do with his new Ford Mustang GT. The release also reveals that the show is returning for a second season next summer.

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.

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