Russell Hantz posts JT’s immunity idol letter, note from Jeff Probst

Remember the awesomely stupid letter that JT wrote to Russell during Survivor Heroes vs. Villains when he gave Russell an immunity idol as a strategy to help save Russell and eliminate Parvati?

Today, Russell posted a photo of the full letter, which Parvati read out loud during the show, and which looks like was written by a fourth grader. The letter has been, as Russell tweeted, “signed by all the idiots involved.”

Russell also posted a photo of another handwritten note: that one is from Jeff Probst and says, “You got robbed,” and is dated Dec. 28, 2009, It’s not like this is a surprise, but it’s good to know Jeff lets his favorites know who they are–and on official Survivor letterhead. (That was about two months before Russell was identified as the source of spoilers about his two seasons.

If there is ever a Survivor museum, both of these belong in it.

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.