producers, cast, MTV didn’t report “rape suspicions to police;” search was denied.

producers, cast, MTV didn’t report “rape suspicions to police;” search was denied.
After The Real World San Diego house was the site of a possible sexual assault, a lawyer “declined a police request for consent to search a bedroom in the house and stated that MTV would not turn over documents or film before she personally reviewed them,” The Smoking Gun reports. Additionally, “it does not appear that MTV staff, cast members, or the show’s producers, Bunim-Murray, reported their rape suspicions to police. … [A]fter the incident, the entire production traveled to Mexico to film there,” TSG says. The site reproduces the transcript of a 1:35 a.m. telephone request for a search warrant, which includes a graphic account of the assault’s aftermath, including genital “lacerations” on the victim.

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.