Judge imposes some limits on Real World Key West production

Although a judge decided in favor of the production, as reality blurred first reported yesterday, the producers of The Real World Key West are required to make some changes as a result of his decision.

Judge Mark Jones said that “Bunim-Murray Productions cannot add any more lights on the property and may not have any helicopters filming from above the neighborhood,” according to the Key West Citizen. Additionally, they “cannot turn on the lights on the tennis court, which abuts the Swift property.” The Swifts live next door to the house used by the show, and asked the judge for an injunction to force producers to stop filming.

“I believe this is temporary. The direct impact is lighting. They have lights, lots of lights. There were lights that no one expects in a residential neighborhood,” Jones said.

The judge apparently didn’t address the fact that the show house has become a tourist attraction. The paper reminds us of the central irony in the case, though: Ed “Swift is president of Historic Tours of America, which runs the Conch Tour Train and Old Town Trolley sightseeing tours in Key West. The popular tours point out landmarks and individual homes to island visitors.”

MTV wins court fight [Key West Citizen]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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