CBS picks up 11th and 12th Survivors; Vanuatu averaged 19.7 million viewers.

CBS picks up 11th and 12th Survivors; Vanuatu averaged 19.7 million viewers.
In the most unsurprising story of the month, CBS has officially picked up Survivor for two more seasons. According to E! Online, “the production team has scouted locations include the Patagonia region of Argentina, Madagascar, the Maldives, India, China and Papua New Guinea” for the 11th and 12th seasons. And Jeff Probst suggested that Canada could be a location. The 10th season, Survivor Palau, just finished production, and will air in the spring. And the season that just concluded, Survivor Vanuatu, stayed among the top five shows for most of the season, averaging 19.7 million viewers every Thursday.
+ also: E! reports that an “updated episode of E! True Hollywood Story: Survivor airs Dec. 19, with fresh interviews and coverage of all nine seasons of the show.”

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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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.