Jimmy Johnson on Survivor Nicaragua; the NFL coach almost went to Gabon

Former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson is a contestant on Survivor Nicaragua.

The Dallas Morning News reports that it confirmed online rumors of his casting with “a source close to Johnson.” The paper notes he “will be one of the oldest contestants to ever appear on ‘Survivor'” because he is 67.

Interestingly, Johnson, who won two Super Bowls with the Cowboys and also coached the Miami Dolphins, was almost a cast member for Survivor Gabon. Last summer, The Miami Herald reported that “he was headed to Africa for 45 days of seclusion when the doctor called about some of his tests. One artery to his heart was totally blocked, another blocked 70 percent. He wouldn’t be going anywhere. He has lost 30 pounds since.”

Former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson to be a contestant on ‘Survivor: Nicaragua’ [Dallas Morning News]
Jimmy Johnson Almost A “Survivor” [NBC Miami]

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.