“it’s absolute bedlam” in Philly’s Old City because of Real World gawkers.

“it’s absolute bedlam” in Philly’s Old City because of Real World gawkers.
The Real World Philadelphia‘s presence in Old City is helping local restaurateurs, both near the house and near U. Penn’s campus. One restaurant owner tells the Daily Pennsylvanian the cast’s visit was eventless, and says they’ve “definitely seen an increase in business” because of the show. Another restaurant manager concurs: “They were wonderful to have in the restaurant. They were a nice group of people.” However, another restaurateur told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the presence of show fans on weekends is problematic: “Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, from 7:30 until 2 in the morning, it’s absolute bedlam down here,” Tony Rodgers says.

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.