Watch Kat post-Survivor vote: “I was losing my mind”

Kat was devastated after being voted off of Survivor One World based on her facial expression and sobbing as she walked away from Tribal Council, but that’s nothing compared to her trip to Ponderosa, as documented on CBS’ web series.

During the parts when she stops crying long enough to be understandable, Kat alternates between bewilderment (“Why me? What did I do?”) and building herself back up (“That’s going down in history!”). There’s also the revelation that Troy hid things before being voted off: He asks Kat, “Did you guys find the flint?” and she replies, “You hid everything!”

Most interesting to me was the conversation during the ride to Ponderosa that Kat had with Dr. Liza, the show’s long-time psychologist, who meets with everyone immediately after they’re voted out, and is available to them later. She asks what’s probably a reasonable question but that’s phrased in a way that it could very well impact the game, by way of Kat’s vote: “Who do you feel the most let down by?”

Her answer is Kim, and it’s hard not to see that having an effect on the way she ultimately votes, should Kim survive until the final three. And of course, Kat immediately meets and talks to the others voted out of the tribe at Ponderosa, and the dirty little secret of Survivor is that they talk about the game and strategize about their work as jurors, even though they’re not supposed to.

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.