New York City politicians will rally today against Survivor Cook Islands

It took just one day after CBS announced that the Survivor Cook Islands cast would be separated by race for politicians who know not of what they speak to speak out about a reality show no one has seen. In New York City, specifically, “a coalition of officials, including the council’s black, Latino and Asian caucus, planned to rally at City Hall” today, the AP reports.

City Councilman John Liu, recently the subject of a profile in the New York Times about the fact that he “is quick to a microphone,” said, “The idea of having a battle of the races is preposterous. How could anybody be so desperate for ratings?”

They want “CBS to reconsider its plans,” according to the AP. Let’s see: CBS has already completed a multi-million dollar production of a reality show that the entire country has been talking about for more than 48 hours now, the first time the nation has talked about Survivor in six years. Likelihood of reconsideration: zero.

NYC officials want to stop segregated ‘Survivor’ [AP]

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.