Real World San Diego debuts in top 10; next Real World heads to Philadelphia.

Real World San Diego debuts in top 10; next Real World heads to Philadelphia.
The first episode of The Real World San Diego was watched by 3.89 million viewers, making the series the seventh most popular show on cable for the week. By comparison, Sex and the City was watched by 5.8 million, and SpongeBob SquarePants had 4.2 million viewers. In other news, it appears that the show will switch coasts for the next season. The Real World Philadelphia hasn’t been announced officially, but The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “producers have a lock on a space in artsy Old City” and says “[s]hooting will begin in April and run through July.”

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.