Real World still going strong: San Diego has its highest-rated premiered in five seasons

After 26 seasons, The Real World is still drawing audiences. The debut of the new, San Diego-set season on Wednesday “was the best debut in five seasons and the #1 original cable series of the night,” according to MTV.

It had 17 percent more viewers ages 12 to 34 than The Real World Las Vegas‘ debut earlier this year, and 1.9 million viewers overall, MTV said. It’s worth noting that at least one episode last season had higher ratings, thanks to Dustin Zito’s gay porn revelations; the April 28 episode was watched by 2.5 million viewers.

If you abandoned the series long ago and wonder what you’re missing, here’s MTV’s preview for next week:

“…Sam and Nate pull an alarming prank on the other roommates, while sparks fly between Zach and Ashley. Meanwhile, a night of drinking causes Frank to become belligerent and he has to deal with the aftermath the next day.”

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.