Melissa charges that a “really, really staged” Real World used actors.

Melissa charges that a “really, really staged” Real World used actors.
Speaking to a Cornell University audience last Friday, The Real World New Orleans cast member Melissa Howard charged that participants on her season of the show–specifically Elton, the group’s boss at the TV station–were actors. “How the producers sleep at night, I do not know,” she said, according to The Cornell Daily Sun. Discussing the ways that she and others “[filled] predetermined roles,” she also said that she “would not do it again. It was not a positive experience and was definitely not worth all the personal emotion and pain.”

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.