MTV airs the official Real World Denver promo

The Real World Denver‘s official promo is now airing on MTV, and just like the alleged hot tub footage, it features two cast members making out.

The promo, which shows the cast playing spin the bottle, is not actual footage from the show, but instead a separately shot and produced commercial. It’s an interesting metaphor for the series’ evolution; the show that used to be appealing because of the organic drama has become so self-aware that they now just script promos that concentrate on the two things that nearly every episode focuses on: drinking and hooking up.

Perhaps more significantly, the promo is heavily focused on the two white girls and a white guy; “the two black cast members (Tyrie and Steven) and the gay guy (Davis) don’t even really appear,” Get Real Denver notes. Here’s the promo:

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.