Real World Philly causes bus stop elimination; crew practices with stand-ins.

Real World Philly causes bus stop elimination; crew practices with stand-ins.
The number 48 bus in Philadelphia no longer stops in front of the Seamen’s Church Institute, where the cast of The Real World Philadelphia will soon be living. The schedule change happens Saturday, which, as the Philadelphia Daily News reports, “led to speculation that Saturday would be the date the seven strangers would move into the building.” A spokesperson denied that. A crew from the MTV show “was seen shooting throughout the National Constitution Center (6th & Arch) where the cast had been offered jobs,” although sources tell the paper the cast won’t work there. The shoot “included stand-ins for the castmates” to help the crew practice. The big lingering question is: Where do you find stand-ins for a group of increasingly vapid and horny people who aren’t even really qualified to be stand-ins themselves?

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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.