Survivor challenge created by Dream Teamer

A challenge from tomorrow night’s Survivor Cagayan, “Mazed and Confused,” wasn’t created by challenge producer John Kirhoffer, but instead was “designed, created, conceptualized from a Dream Teamer,” Jeff Probst explains in the preview below.

Dream Team members test and build challenges, work in the art department, and act as grips.

Part of the challenge has been used before, but the puzzle–which Kirhoffer says was created by Dream Teamer Nick–is definitely new and creative.

“Anything can happen,” Probst says. (No shit!)

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.