Survivor Nicaragua cast photo released, minus faces, plus a preview of Tribal Council

As part of the surprising amount of information being released pre-season, CBS sent the media a photo of Survivor Nicaragua‘s cast. Because the network has yet to release their names and identities, which are already online, the photo is cleverly obscured with an important promotional message:

S21 cast

In addition, at CBS’ day of press tour–the gathering of TV critics and journalists where networks present their new shows via press conferences with stars and producers–there are napkins with QR codes, scannable square bar codes. I spotted a Jeff Probst napkin (yes, that’s a weird phrase to write), and scanning it (using a reader app) gave a URL to this video, which includes footage of the new Survivor Nicaragua Tribal Council and a very special message from Probst that mirrors the one in the photo above.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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.