Philly still not out of the running for Real World; producers look at Austin.

Philly still not out of the running for Real World; producers look at Austin.
The Real World Philadelphia saga now has a new front: Austin. The director of the Austin Film Office tells the Philadelphia Business Journal that a Bunim-Murray producer contacted him Wednesday and “said they were looking for a house, looking for a place to base a reality show. He was very interested and wanted to know what our union situation was here.” But back on the east coast, Philly isn’t giving up so easily. Union members and non-union construction workers are all pissed off, and 20- and 30-somethings who missed the memo that the show jumped the shark years ago are protesting. Gov. Edward G. Rendell talked to Bunim-Murray’s CEO Friday, apologizing. But the city’s best hope comes from a Bunim-Murray spokesperson, who told the New York Times, “Last I heard, we had pulled out. But I think that could change.”

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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.