Real World 21 casting for activists, “people who are passionate about the world,” have “depth”

Although years have passed since anyone cared about The Real World, and The Hills now defines the network, MTV has renewed its once-groundbreaking series for a 21st season and producers are searching for seven people, including those who are activists or have “depth.”

Casting director Damon Furberg told me that producers “are once again looking for people with career goals — this time not specifically entertainment-related,” including “‘activists’ who are passionate about political, social, or environmental causes.” He added that “these qualities are not a requirement–just something were looking out for.”

The Hollywood-set season searched for people with entertainment industry career aspirations, and that focus on finding people with actual lives is continuing because, as Furberg said, “we’re generally looking to attract some depth this season, and the easiest way to express that is by asking for people who are passionate about the world around them and have an aspiration, cause or a political issue that is important to them.”

Those interested in applying should sober up–or not!–and send in a video, attend an open casting call, or, in a series first, upload a digital video. The deadline for submitting tapes is Jan. 28.

Real World 21 is Now Casting! [Bunim-Murray]

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.