Survivor China betting suspended after “multiple accounts were linked” to CBS

A betting site suspended betting on Survivor China late last month because CBS employees have been betting on the show’s outcome, and similar bets in the past have revealed the show’s finalists.

This time, Bodog says that “multiple accounts were linked back to the television network behind the show’s production, and the bets were on” three cast members, whose names I did not read, because I actually like watching Survivor without knowing who’s going to win. (The series began letting the jury vote on a final three last fall, and presumably that will continue this season.)

Bodog blames “network employees trying to make a quick buck.” Of course, no one knows which one of those finalists will win until the live finale, scheduled this year for Dec. 16.

Bodog Betting Patterns Reveal ‘Survivor: China’ Spoiler [Bodog]

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.