Survivor Palau down to four, ends Sun.

Survivor Palau down to four, ends Sun.
After a dramatic episode, Survivor Palau is down to its final four: Tom, Ian, Katie, and Jenn. The series concludes Sunday at 8 p.m. ET with a two-hour finale and a one-hour reunion. Caryn became the fifth member of the jury despite her tribal council strategy to vomit up everything she knew about the game. Who will take it all? As I argue in this essay, it seems to be anyone’s game at this point. Meanwhile, reality blurred reader C.J. Augustine writes in to note that the ad for the finale may reveal one of the votes cast. The vote Jeff Probst holds up shows (highlight to read) “the bottom hook of a J and the bottom half of an E, which would be Jenn.” Of course, one vote tells us very little; Ian received one vote last night, and what’s left of his emaciated body is still very much in the game.

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.