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.

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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.