Survivor Cook Islands concludes Sunday

Survivor‘s 13th season ends Sunday with the show’s typical three-hour finale, which includes a one-hour reunion.

For the first time in the show’s history, the finale will begin with a final five: Yul, Ozzy, Becky, Sundra, and Adam. Parvati was voted off last night, saving Jeff Probst the trouble of trying to pronounce her name by saying something other than “poverty.”

The race war seems to officially be over, but that depends upon who ends up at the end, and how the major twist affects each person’s endgame.

The final five has a member from each original tribe except Puka, which has two people remaining. Here’s the final breakdown, indicating the number of people who’ve been voted off by original tribe:

  • Aitu (Latino): 4
  • Hiki (black): 4
  • Puka (Asian): 3
  • Raro (white): 4

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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