Survivor Samoa’s older cast “lost a couple of people to evacuations,” Probst says

The larger cast on Survivor Samoa may have not affected the game, as host Jeff Probst suggested in a recent interview that two were evacuated.

In a post-filming interview with IGN, he said, “We lost a couple of people to evacuations.” The interviewer didn’t follow up, so we don’t have any other details. But those are presumably for medical reasons (and having rehearsed one of the challenges, I wouldn’t be surprised if that challenge caused a major injury of some kind).

Meanwhile, while the casts may not be getting more diverse in terms of their ethnicity or cities–the Los Angeles area is home for nine of the 20–they are getting slightly older, although the average age actually went down last season, probably thanks to Spencer and no Gillian. Here are the cast members’ ages, average age, and median:

Gabon (average age: 32.8, median: 29)
22, 22, 24, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 29, 29, 29, 29
47, 49

Tocantins (average age: 31.8, median: 29)
23, 24, 24, 26, 26, 26, 29, 29
30, 31, 37, 37
46, 49

Samoa (average age: 33.3, median: 31)
22, 23, 25, 25, 25, 26, 26, 28, 29, 28
33, 33, 33, 36, 38, 39
42, 45, 48

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.