Survivor Fiji will have one tribe living in “luxury,” two hidden immunity idols

At the conclusion of Survivor Cook Islands, Jeff Probst introduced the next season, Survivor Fiji.

First, he said that “Survivor turns the tables on two tribes, as one lives the life of luxury while the other is left with virtually nothing.” Perhaps not coincidentally, that’s the exact same thing that Mark Burnett’s other major network reality series, The Apprentice, is doing.

Also new: a “diverse cast” consisting of 19 cast members, the firs time the show has had a cast this size. Earlier, TV Guide reported that there would be “another new way to divide the tribes,” but the preview didn’t even hint about that.

Some of the new cast will visit the new Exile Island, which Probst said is “crawling with thousands of deadly sea snakes” and has “two hidden immunity idols and a twist [that] will drastically complicate the game. … And one of the most controversial decisions ever made by a Survivor will have America talking.”

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.