Phil Keoghan reports from earthquake-damaged Christchurch

The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan is from New Zealand, and grew up near Christchurch, the city hit hard by an earthquake one week ago. More than 150 people died, and that earthquake followed another large one last fall.

Phil returned to Christchurch after the earthquake and produced this report for CBS’ Early Show (which misspelled his last name as “Koeghan” on-screen, and in a second genius move, disabled embedding but not the obnoxious advertisement on the YouTube version–why wouldn’t you want people to share this video?).

In it, he says that the best thing people can do is go to New Zealand. He says that the earthquake affected “a very, very small part of New Zealand” and “we just can’t afford a second hit of people who stop coming to this country.” So, go buy a plane ticket.

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.