Jeff Probst directing a feature film about an adolescent girl

Besides launching a daytime talk show and hosting two more seasons of Survivor, Jeff Probst will direct his second feature film. His first, Finder’s Fee (rent and watch for $3), was critically acclaimed.

His new film is Kiss Me, which Variety describes as a film about “a teenage girl through the physical and emotional growing pains of adolescence.” It was written by Deadwood and Lost writer Liz Sarnoff and stars John Corbett and Sarah Bolger.

Production begins in February. Assuming Survivor‘s 25th season is filmed in March and April, as previously announced, that means it will be a quick production, and post-production might have to wait until after Probst returns, unless he does that on location.

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.