Survivor alumni invited to a “Survivor social”: tweeting

Survivor Blood vs. Water debuts tonight, and CBS sent an invitation to past cast members inviting them to join together at a “Survivor social.” Alas, the location is their own “living room,” and it’s basically an invitation to help promote the series and “live tweet alongside other former survivor castaways [and Jeff Probst].”

The invitation is below (I’ve redacted the e.mail address for the publicist that former cast members are asked to RSVP to), and it asks them to “join the conversation on Twitter with former Castaways while watching Survivor.”

As part of that, they’re asked to use not one but four different hashtags: #Survivor, #BloodvsWater, #SurvivorsReady, #TribalCouncil. At least it’s not #SurvivorsReadyforBloodvsWaterTribalCouncil.

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.