Survivor finale moved to Wednesday

CBS announced today that the three-hour finale and reunion for Survivor Cagayan will air May 21. That’s a Wednesday, and a significant shift for the show, which usually airs its finales on Sundays.

The network didn’t say why the finale was moving, it just announced the date. EW’s Dalton Ross notes that this is the first time since season one that the finale will air on a Wednesday, and speculates that the late start because of the Olympics meant CBS ran out of Sunday finale space.

May 21 is also the second night of American Idol‘s two-night finale, and with Survivor Cagayan now consistently beating it, perhaps CBS is being strategic, and looking to strike a death blow.

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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