Philly mayor says there’s a “good chance” that The Real World will stay.

Philly mayor says there’s a “good chance” that The Real World will stay.
The mayor of Philadelphia says there’s a “good chance it can happen.” “It” is The Real World Philadelphia, and the reason for his optimism is a series of meetings he had with union officials. An announcement was expected yesterday or today; talks are continuing today. An online petition attracted over 3,200 signatures. One of the union reps says that it’s “a whole lot more complicated than who’s doing the work.” The Philadelphia Inquirer says the city’s public transportation system might be one of the issues; it reports that in New Orleans, “Bunim/Murray requested the city’s transportation system re-route buses so they would not interfere with the shots of the building.”

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.