tenth Survivor, Palau, debuts tonight.

tenth Survivor, Palau, debuts tonight.
In fewer than five years, we soon will have burned through 10 seasons of Survivor, which have starred 150 cast members. The 10th season, Survivor Palau, kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Twenty cast members, the biggest group in the show’s history, will find that “everything the Survivors have come to expect will be wiped out in the first 10 minutes,” according to CBS. The first episode’s twists have been revealed by host Jeff Probst and largely by the promos that have been running. As The Ottawa Citizen notes, producer Mark “Burnett’s message to the competitors is plain: This is my show, not yours. I alone decide which way the wind blows. And it doesn’t matter how closely you studied the other Survivors before signing on to do this one. Burnett believed complacency is anathema to good television.”
+ also: Jeff Probst’s first impression of each new cast member.
+ and: Survivor by the numbers.

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.