public auction at the Real World Chicago house this Sunday and Monday.

public auction at the Real World Chicago house this Sunday and Monday.
This Sunday and Monday, The Real World Chicago’s stuff is being auctioned off for charity–at the actual house where taping took place. For $15, you can attend a preview on Sunday, checking out the items; $30 gets you in Monday for the actual auction and accompanying cocktail party. In either case, you will actually be inside The Real World Chicago loft in Wicker Park. The cast and cameras, however, will probably not be around, since filming has concluded. Funds raised will go to the Hearts Foundation, which provides AIDS-related services.

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.