MTV threatens to cut off Sun-Times access for publishing house location.

MTV threatens to cut off Sun-Times access for publishing house location.
The Chicago Sun-Times has covered the fatal shooting and other crimes (“In the last two weeks there have been three robberies, an attempted robbery and five batteries in the area, including a strong-armed holdup on their block July 1,” the paper reported) that have occurred near the The Real World Chicago house. And columnist Mark Brown has also written about the location of it. Apparently because of all that, “a spokesman threatened to cut off Chicago Sun-Times’ access to cast members after the show is filmed if the location were revealed,” the paper reported.

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.

about the writer

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.