The Real World Chicago gets a taste of Seattle’s Real World protests.

The Real World Chicago gets a taste of Seattle’s Real World protests.
“[A]n underground cabal of artists pulled off a little prank” at the The Real World Chicago house on Saturday. Between 200 and 300 people showed up at the house, responding to a fake open casting call for extras distributed via postcards. They banged drums, chanted “We’re real, you’re not,” and threw bottles at the building. One cast member was reportedly hit by a shower of paper. Greg Gillam’s detailed report at about the protest and the casts’ and crews’ troubles comments on “the stupidity of their location choice” and other factors contributing to the animosity that has met the production–similar to what happened in Seattle and in other cities.

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.