Real World starts casting this weekend

Casting for the next season of The Real World–not the Key West season, but the one that will likely tape next spring–starts this weekend.

Tomorrow, open casting calls will be held in Tampa, San Diego, and Lousiville. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 24 can apply, meaning that if you remember watching the first season of The Real World on MTV, you’re probably way too old.

Here are the cities producers will visit this fall; for specific information and updated schedules, see Bunim-Murray’s web site:

  • Sept. 17: Tampa, San Diego, and Louisville
  • Sept. 20: Pittsburgh, Lincoln, NE, and Laramie, WY
  • Sept. 24: Tempe, Richmond, and Memphis
  • Oct. 1: Boston
  • Oct. 8: Berkeley
  • TBA: Madison, Dallas, Atlanta, LA, New York
The Real World: Open Calls [Bunim-Murray]

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.