Survivor renewed for seasons 29, 30 with Probst as host, producer

Two days before its 27th season finale, Survivor has been renewed for two more seasons by CBS, which will bring the show to its 30th season in the spring of 2015. The network said the show was “a consistent ratings winner” in its timeslot, and noting that it is “the #2 reality series on broadcast television in adults 18-49.”

Jeff Probst is remaining as host and executive producer, and in his press release quote, says the show “has been blessed with incredibly loyal fans. We make this show for them and I am thrilled that we get to do it again.”

CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said in her press release quote that “Survivor continues to set the bar for outstanding production values, compelling storytelling while delivering fresh new adventures every season. The show’s enduring success is a testament to the creativity and passion of Mark Burnett and Jeff Probst, and an amazing production team.”

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.