Real World “proved to many that reality television could succeed in Las Vegas.”

Real World “proved to many that reality television could succeed in Las Vegas.”
Who knew that The Real World Las Vegas cast’s skanking up of The Palms a few years ago could have a positive effect on the town? The MTV show’s use of the casino actually helped transform other casinos’ attitudes about hosting such projects. After “some of the Strip’s biggest hotel-casinos refused to host” the show, its success “proved to many that reality television could succeed in Las Vegas,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. That’s because it “transformed the eventual host–the then fledgling, off-Strip Palms hotel-casino–into THE place for celebs and beautiful twentysomethings.” As a Nevada Film Office rep points out, “If they had to try and buy that kind of advertising, they wouldn’t be able to afford it. No one could.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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.