CBS previews Survivor Samoa and “the biggest Survivor villain ever”

Less than a month to go before the debut of Survivor Samoa on Sept. 17, CBS has started to air promos for the new season. Unlike the generic preview that aired at the end of last season and incorrectly connects Samoa to Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson just lived and died there after he wrote the book), this shows the 20 contestants (not 18, as Probst said at the end of last season), part of a challenge, and promises “one of these castaways will become the biggest Survivor villain ever.”

The preview, below, aired during Big Brother last night. My favorite part: the zoom in on the island is to the wrong fucking island.

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.