Angry neighbors get concessions from producers of Real World San Diego

Producers for The Real World have agreed to some concessions after angry neighbors who live near the new house in San Diego made demands at a meeting held by a city council member, although some of them want production shut down completely.

Producers will pay for a police officer to guard the house, and code enforcement has inspected the lights on the house and asked producers to fix them, according to The La Jolla Light, which reported that neighbors “insisted their neighborhood be compensated by MTV’s hiring round-the-clock security, and that bright lights on homes rooftop be dimmed or elminated completely.”

Earlier, neighbors outlined their complaints in a meeting with councilwoman Sherri Lightner. In a story about those complaints, The La Jolla Light noted that the show is spending $6 million, including 1,700 nights in hotels for crew members. A San Diego Police Department lieutenant said producers have “been very cooperative with everything we’ve asked them to do, and, from a police perspective, we’ve not had any problems there whatsoever.”

Demands, other than the ones that were met, included MTV giving $100,000 to charity (“You take something, you give something back,” resident Bob Asaro said) and dealing with multiple smelly trash cans, according to San Diego’s 10 News.

Best of all, one of two “young people” leaving the house told that local news station’s camera crew, “That’s not allowed. I should break that camera.” There’s so much that’s mind-blowing about those eight words that I don’t even know where to begin. If it’s a cast member who volunteered to be filmed a national television show, that’s just idiotic, and not just because they seem to have reversed the fundamental principles behind public and private property.

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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