Real World Austin house still being converted

Having just arrived in Austin, I checked into my hotel, walked outside, and realized that I’d accidentally booked myself into a hotel that’s essentially across the street from The Real World Austin house, which was first revealed to the world last January, after reality blurred revealed the show was coming to the city. It’s impossible to escape reality television.

What’s even more surprising to me know, actually looking at the house, is how exposed and visible it is. It’s surrounded by hotels and basically next door to the Austin Convention Center, which among other things, hosts SXSW this time of year. When I walked past last night, there were two people staring through the windows, and a group of people on the street looking at the building.

As The Daily Texan reported last July, the building was leased to a restaurant and company. More than half a year later, the company, Thomas Reprographics, has apparently occupied its space. Its co-tenant, however, the Rio Grande restaurant, is still under construction. Must take a long time to hose off those walls.

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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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.