Amazing Race Family teams finally get on a plane

The Amazing Race 8 finally forced its teams to travel via plane. They had to fly all the way from Washington Dulles to Charleston, South Carolina, an epic journey.

After a detour, teams were forced to endure being driven for eight hours in a charter bus. This was too much for the Weavers, who insisted they felt like prisoners and then had a meltdown at the Waffle House, the likes of which those employees probably haven’t seen since a half-hour earlier, when a hungry PCP-addled person sat down for some waffles.

In Alabama at the space center, the teams had to confront a daunting roadblock: spinning in a centrifuge, also known as the Gravitron, just one that was operated by a person with all of her teeth and a family tree that branches.

Finally, they had to race–on foot!–to get a final clue and to the pit stop. There, the first-place team won free gas for life from BP, which BP may be regretting about the time that gas prices reach the $10/gallon mark.

Whoever says this race is a watered-down version of the normal race is a liar.

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.