Behind the scenes with Wipeout’s version of Survivor’s Dream Team: the Black and Blue Crew

Survivor‘s Dream Team, the group of crew members who test challenges and work for the show’s challenge department, has been an endless source of fascination. (Watch this video for an introduction to them, and read my account of facing off against them in a challenge.)

Wipeout has a similar group, and they’re known as the Black and Blue Crew. ABC has started to profile them in a series of webisodes. They’re introduced in the first video, which includes behind-the-scenes footage that shows them testing obstacles and reveals what’s outside of the view of the camera, including the people who squirt or throw things at contestants as they run through the qualifier.

In this episode, they test obstacles and act as “test dummies,” but also do things like rescue contestants trapped underwater:

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.