Jeff Probst buys Gene Autry’s $5 million estate

Survivor host Jeff Probst has bought a famous house for $5 million: it’s Gene Autry’s Studio City estate. Jeff paid $5 million, a good deal since it went on the market at $6.9 million last summer.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the 3.68-acre property is a “two-story Monterey-style house of about 8,000 square feet [that] has pegged hardwood floors, a family room with a wet bar, a library/media room with vintage walnut paneling, a breakfast room, five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Balconies overlook the acreage, which has winding paths and flower gardens. The grounds also include a guesthouse, a swimming pool and an outdoor entertainment area with a fireplace.”

If the production gets tired of filming the show in Samoa, it sounds like they could soon use Jeff’s back yard.

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.