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.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.