Are there any gay Survivor Panama cast members?

What good are the biographies that CBS and other networks post online of their cast weeks or months before the shows debut? Can we really get to know the cast enough to pick favorites and identify villains before the show ever airs? Or are the bios just there to facilitate guesswork about who’s gay and who’s not?

The Malcontent’s Matt engages in such guesswork with the cast of Survivor Panama, analyzing why each male “might be gay.” Why even try to guess? As he admirably admits while discussing cast member Nick, it’s “Because we really, really want him to be” gay.

Perhaps most surprisingly, his analysis finds two men who cite “lavender” in their favorites: one as their favorite scent (Aras), and one as their favorite flower (Shane). The most likely candidate, though, is Austin, who is a “pretty boy” and a “model and actor, and “is currently ‘single’ and has a beauty-pageant sister.”

But nothing beats the analysis of Terry, who gets a two-word analysis about why he might not be straight: “That shirt.”

The Malcontent’s “Survivor 12 Gaydar Challenge” [The Malcontent]

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.