Terry finds Exile Island’s immunity idol

Banished to Survivor Panama‘s Exile Island after his tribe lost the reward challenge, Terry quickly found the immunity idol.

In addition to the clues previous Exile Island inhabitants had received, Terry was told that the idol was hidden under a rock. Earlier clues pointed out that it was buried and above the tide line. Terry also figured out the mystery of the initial clue, which had the word “why” in quotation marks. Although that seemed to point to letters on trees, it actually referred to a tree that was shaped like a Y. Beneath that tree was a rock, and under that was a box containing a bottle containing the idol.

Meanwhile, La Mina lost yet again, which means that the dysfunctional tribe (the one with Stupid Yoga Guy Aras and Insane Freak Guy Shane) won. La Mina turned on its oldest female, Ruth Marie, even though she thought she was in an alliance with the tribe’s four men.

Backstabbed! Ruth Marie Run Off [CBS]

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.