Real World is “the most vile of the plagues that MTV has unleashed.”

Real World is “the most vile of the plagues that MTV has unleashed.”
In the Las Vegas Weekly, Al Mancini body-slams “the most vile of the plagues that MTV has unleashed on the Earth”–i.e., The Real World. He calls the show “the Sistine Chapel for America’s cult of celebrity-for-its-own-sake,” and writes of the cast, “Rescued from the need to find shelter and employment, the self-absorbed simpletons are permitted to indulge their delusions of celebrity by treating every minor incident in their otherwise average lives as a major drama. ” He also mentions his run-in with some of The Real World Las Vegas cast members. When he asked what they were shooting, the reply came back, “it’s confidential.”

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

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Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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.