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.”

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

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Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.