production delayed in Philadelphia.

production delayed in Philadelphia.
Hissy fits by the producers and “negotiations” by politicians after union protests have left The Real World Philadelphia behind schedule, despite earlier reports that said it was on schedule. “A court document obtained by The [Philadelphia] Inquirer had identified the initial roll-‘em date as April 10,” the paper reports, but now “shooting has been pushed back about three weeks–until late April or early May, according to a source close to the production.” That “will mean tighter shooting schedules,” so the cast had better hit the liquor and each others’ beds right away.
+ also: “In the real world, there are unions.”

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.