The Real World abandons Philadelphia.

The Real World abandons Philadelphia.
Three weeks before production on The Real World Philadelphia was to begin, Bunim-Murray is taking the show elsewhere. The production company hired a nonunion construction company to prepare the house, which led to picketing of the site; two weeks worth of picketing and the possibility of protests during taping were apparently too much. A spokesperson for Bunim-Murray said only that “[a]fter considerable evaluation, we are disappointed to announce that Bunim/Murray Productions has decided not to shoot” the show there. Unions reportedly offered a deal earlier, but Bunim-Murray turned it down. A Teamster president said they were “not out to gouge anybody, but this is a union town.” According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, “The Greater Philadelphia Film Office worked years to bring The Real World to town.” No word on what city might replace Philadelphia.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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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.