Real World staying in Philadelphia.

Real World staying in Philadelphia.
One week after The Real World Philadelphia, production will start in three weeks, on schedule, taping at the former Seamen’s Church Institute. A Bunim-Murray press release is full of happy quotes from all parties involved, and cites the involvement of the governor, mayor, a congressman, and city officials. It also gives a shout-out to Young Involved Philadelphia, which says it is “a grassroots non-profit organization that aims to increase civic engagement among young Philadelphians and to facilitate reforms that help create a better Philadelphia.” According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, “The producers signed an agreement with the city this morning. Terms were not disclosed.” However, Paulie Walnuts is said to be involved.

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.

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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.