Survivor China will include kidnapping, starvation, a visit to the Great Wall

Previewing the upcoming Survivor China season, Jeff Probst says that there will be more hunger than usual, kidnapping of tribe members, and visits to landmarks including the Great Wall of China.

“Food won’t be as plentiful. In fact, we’re giving them rice because I don’t think they’d do very well without it,” Jeff tells Entertainment Weekly. He also says that there will be “rewards where we go to the Great Wall of China. We go to the Shaolin Temple, which is the home of kung fu.”

EW reports that the series will introduce “the kidnapping of losing tribe members,” in addition to old favorites such as “immunity idols hidden right under contestants’ noses.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.

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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.