Real World Philly is working to “define the city as a gay-friendly destination.”

Real World Philly is working to “define the city as a gay-friendly destination.”
Having two openly gay men as a part of The Real World Philadelphia‘s cast is a first for the MTV series, although there have been multiple gay cast members before, such as bisexual Ruthie and gay Justin in The Real World Hawaii, or, if we’re being honest, most of the cast of The Real World Seattle. Anyway, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the presence of two gay men on the show “is reinforcing a message that the city’s tourism officials also have been promoting this year: Philadelphia is gay-friendly.” The series is helping to “define the city as a gay-friendly destination,” the founder of Philadelphia’s Equality Forum says. However, the publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News says that it’s not all gay and merry, notably because of Landon and MJ: “In all honesty, the dialogue, at least among the nongays talking about their two gay roommates, is like some unsophisticated hick from the boondocks lost in the big city.”

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.