Ethan Zohn’s cancer “vaporized” by radiation

Great news about Ethan Zohn’s battle with cancer: it has been “vaporized,” he tweeted, by five weeks of radiation treatment.

While he had “a clear PET Scan” and “there are now no active cancer cells in his body,” People reports, “Because his cancer has proven itself to be resurgent in the past — after three months of intense chemotherapy over the summer, cancerous growths were found in his body in the fall — his doctors still plan to move forward with a stem-cell transplant.”

That will begin within the next two weeks and involve him being hospitalized for a month. Ethan told the magazine, “With my history, its essential.” He also said the clear scan “is the best possible news I could have gotten at this stage of my journey. I honestly believe that all the positive healing vibes everyone has been sending me these past nine months have helped, so thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart.”

Survivor’s Ethan Zohn Gets Good News in His Cancer Battle [People]

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.