Real World season one cast: where are they now?

Impossible as it is to believe, The Real World‘s first season aired 19 years ago. And while several of its cast members stayed in the spotlight for some time–Eric Nies, ahem–others have virtually, and perhaps smartly, disappeared.

Fox News’ Fox 411 has a slideshow that checks in with each cast member, although not all of the cast members granted interviews.

What they are doing ranges from Kevin’s runs for office to Eric’s “spiritual journey” (he says he’s “been living like a nomad, the earth is my home”). Julie runs a restaurant in Alabama, and Norm lives in L.A., while Andre, Becky, and Heather are all working on their own music.

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.