Real World renewed for five more years.

Real World renewed for five more years.
The Real World will be around for at least five more seasons, including the currently-taping 16th season in Austin. That’s “the largest series deal in its history,” Mediaweek reports, and will eventually bring its total to 20. Two more seasons of the Challenge, which MTV’s Brian Graden called “an instant hit,” have been ordered, allowing past cast members to postpone entering the real work force. As reality blurred reported yesterday, Road Rules is apparently dead in the water: MTV’s announcements included no info about that series, although a spokesperson told the New York Post simply that “[n]o decision has been made.”

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.

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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.