Real World Austin cast photographed.

Real World Austin cast photographed.
Two things we know about The Real World Austin cast: They’re really good at sticking their faces in front of non-MTV cameras, and they are no strangers to liquor. Also, they kind of look exactly like the casts from the past few seasons. TheRealWorldAustin.com’s cast sightings photo gallery shows the cast around their house, but mostly they’re socializing and posing for pictures with, presumably, complete strangers. I wonder if they still pretend they’re working on a “project,” or if they just dispense with that and scream to anybody in earshot, “Hey! I’m on The Real World! Who wants to take my fucking picture? Woo! Here’s to an endless career of college campus visits and Real World/Road Rules Challenge appearances! Rock on!”

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.