Real World’s Mike “The Miz” Mizanin wins WWE championship

On WWE Raw Monday night, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin won the WWE’s championship, nearly 10 years after first gaining fame on MTV’s The Real World: Back to New York.

MTV News notes that when he appeared on the reality series in 2001, “Mizanin had been cultivating that personality because he had aspirations in the world of professional wrestling, and he scored his greatest achievement in that business on Monday night’s (November 22) episode of the WWE’s flagship show ‘Raw’ where he won the WWE Championship from Randy Orton.”

Here’s how the WWE describes his (of course scripted) win, not that this makes any sense at all: “After The Nexus attacked Randy Orton and he endured a match against Wade Barrett, The Miz cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on the vulnerable Viper to claim the WWE Championship.” There’s also a more detailed summary.

Mike retired from the Challenge shows in 2005 but went on to do shows like Celebrity Fear Factor, which he won. Earlier, he appeared on MTV’s WWE training series Tough Enough.

And now, The Miz is a champion who has his own action figure.

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.