Rupert won’t be on Amazing Race 8.

Rupert won’t be on Amazing Race 8.
Distressing rumors that The Amazing Race 8 would feature Survivor pirate/teddy bear Rupert Boneham are apparently not true. Although he’s a fan of the series, he’s not going to pull a Rob and Amber and get a third chance at $1 million. Rupert tells Reality TV Magazine, “No, we won’t be doing the Family race. As much as I enjoy the show, I wouldn’t put my 5 year old daughter through that.” Not that she could participate: the age limit for kids is eight.

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.