Darrell and Aviv win Fresh Meat Challenge

Darrell has won a Real WorldRoad Rules Challenge for the fourth time. He and his teammate Aviv, the only functional team remaining on the Fresh Meat season, each received $125,000 after placing first in the 10-mile race that was the final challenge.

Tina and Kenny, who spent the whole series alternately screaming at and hugging each other, came in second place. And Wes came in third place with his teammate Casey.

Perennial prick Wes took time out from calling Casey a “stupid bitch” to tell us that “she’s too young, immature, and stupid to really understand how much is on the line right now,” because that year or two difference in their ages makes all the difference for understanding what a quarter million dollars is. Then, he literally dragged her through part of the final race, as they were tethered together, which is a great final illustration of the way he treats women on-camera.

Wes was not happy with third place, he explained to us as he always does, enunciating so flawlessly that every ounce of his assholeness came through. “We’re third place, which is really not that impressive. And anyone who says congratulations for bronze can suck my dick.” The editors showed us him saying that about four seconds after TJ told him “congratulations,” so that must have been a fun afterparty.

A new Challenge, officially titled The Duel, has already been filmed and will air later this fall. And TJ Lavin will return as host, guaranteeing at least a minimum amount of amusement.

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.