next up: The Real World San Diego.

next up: The Real World San Diego.
Open calls continue this weekend for the 14th season of The Real World. Those selected will head to California, the show’s third visit to the state, and live in San Diego, according to The Boston Herald (second item). The paper reports Hundreds of aspiring reality TV stars” showed up for auditions, as did Road Rules South Pacific cast member Donell, who said he “beat the odds … [as] the first-ever overweight cast member … It feels good to start a trend. … If me being fat makes me somebody better than you, I’m gonna do that.” The Real World San Diego is scheduled to begin shooting this August; the 13th season, set in Paris, debuts Tuesday on MTV.

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.