Lost’s surprise ending: Jeff Probst and his snuffer

After the profoundly moving and/or frustrating and/or stupid and/or predictable ending to Lost, its showrunners and cast members paid homage to the reality show that inspired the series, and to some of TV’s other famous finales.

In three alternate endings that aired during Jimmy Kimmel Live, executive producers, writers, and media manipulators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse made fun of themselves and the show as the cast acted out three other possible endings to the show. The first was my favorite:

Jeff Probst may be insufferable in EW, but he’s proven to be exceptional at self-deprecation. The whole exchange is hilarious: “I’m Jeff Probst. Hello?” “You’ve got to be kidding me.” And then the kicker, a nod to Lost fans frustrated with the show’s treatment of Michael: “Where have you been?” Well-played all around.

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.

about the writer

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.