Real World Las Vegas cast announced.

Real World Las Vegas cast announced.
The all 21+ cast of The Real World Las Vegas Alton, 22, a “Navy brat” who “harbors a great deal of unresolved pain due to a major family tragedy”; Arissa, 22, who was “[r]aised in the projects by a single mother”; Brynn, 21, a “self-described party animal” who “is not the type to mince words”; Frank, 22, who was “raised in a small town in Pennsylvania” in “a traditional nuclear family”; Irulan, 21, whose father died when she was six and who “struggled briefly with body-image issues during her high school years”; Steven, 23, who was married and got divorced, and although straight, “supported himself in business school working as a topless bartender in a popular Texas gay bar”; and Trishelle, 22, who “was raised in a small, ultra-conservative town in the bayou of Louisiana” and whose “devout Christian” mother died when she was 14. The bios identify none of the cast members as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, although neither Arissa nor Frank’s sexual orientation is explicitly mentioned, while the rest are. Also, this is the third season in a row that women outnumber men by one, and over half the cast is 22. At MTV.com, you can tour their house and the hotel that they lived and worked in.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.

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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.