gay reality TV roles discussed; Boy Meets Boy 2 couldn’t find advertisers.

gay reality TV roles discussed; Boy Meets Boy 2 couldn’t find advertisers.
The Hollywood Reporter talks to a group of openly gay producers, including The Real World‘s co-creator Jonathan Murray. He says that the show’s format of diverse housemates “forced us to have gay people. What’s great about MTV … is that there’s no double standard: The way we treat gay and lesbian storylines is the same way we treat straight storylines. The nice thing about reality programming is that it takes you places you can’t imagine you would go: Pedro and Sean (1994’s “The Real World: San Francisco”) decided they wanted to have a commitment ceremony, so it went there.” Also off interest, film producer Craig Zadan says that Bravo “attempted to get Boy Meets Boy 2 off the ground, and they didn’t because no one wants to advertise on it.” Meanwhile, despite the proliferation of gay people on reality TV, Slate’s Dana Stevens says in an essay that “[t]he one thing that gay men still can’t be found doing on reality television is the very thing that defines them as ‘gay’ in the first place: loving other men.” She argues that “gay men on reality television exist to impart some intangible quality of sophistication or savoir-faire to the otherwise drab lives of their heterosexual brothers.”

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.