Real World 25 casting via more than 22 open calls

Despite having its lowest ratings ever for its 23rd season, The Real World will apparently get a 25th season, as MTV and Bunim-Murray aren’t giving up on the aging franchise that was once great but is now an embarrassment. (The 24th season is currently being filmed in New Orleans.)

Today, there are six open calls around the country (Albuquerque, Austin, Bakersfiled, Nashville, Oklahoma City, and St. Louis), and a total of 22 are currently scheduled. The show also accepting mailed-in applications, and is recruiting in certain cities.

As always, you have to be 18 to 24, and an extroverted borderline alcoholic narcissist who’s prone to violent outbursts or exhibitionism and has no self-awareness at all. Well, not really, but that apparently helps.

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.