report from The Real World Chicago: “the cast doesn’t want to be filmed.”

report from The Real World Chicago: “the cast doesn’t want to be filmed.”
That’s what LiquidGeneration’s reporter was (ironically) told when filming The Real World Chicago cast members, despite the camera crews surrounding them. The cast is apparently now working at a company in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. LiquidGeneration has also produced an amusing video of their attempts to gather information on the cast.
+ plus: having dinner at Piece a few weeks ago, it was confirmed to me that the cast members no longer work at the restaurant, which literally overlooks the cast’s loft–and their three blocked-off street parking spaces. Apparently, the attention was too much for the two cast member employees, although I was told a third cast member applied to work there as well.

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.