Survivor prize, adjusted for inflation; Mindset List notices The Real World; RHONJ autism

If it was adjusted for inflation from when the show debuted, Survivor‘s prize today would be $1,330,452.96. [Hollywood]

Beloit College’s Mindset List, which alleges to identify things that incoming college students don’t know about and/or have always known about, finally got around to mentioning The Real World two years after it would have actually made sense to list it. Back then, I wrote about why the list is so unbelievably stupid, and a two-year delay for the inclusion of something that actually did belong on the list just confirms its near-worthlessness. [Beloit College]

ABC and The Bachelor‘s producers are meeting tomorrow to discuss who should star in the next edition. Inexplicably, Ryan Lochte may not The Bachelor producers’ “top choice,” at least according to a report in which his manager confirms that he’s talking to the show about starring. Producers are reportedly also considering Emily Maynard’s rejects, Arie Luyendyk, Jr., and Sean Lowe, and if they choose one of them over a headline-generating Olympian, that will be impossible to believe. [E! News]

Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member Jacqueline Laurita has revealed that her young son is autistic. [People]

ESPN Films’ great documentary series 30 for 30 is already on DVD, but Amazon has added the collection to its library of instant streaming videos that are $2.99 each, and even better, free for Prime members. (And Prime itself is free for a month–or six months if you’re a student.)

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.