Real World casting for Occupy Wall Street protester

MTV’s The Real World is casting for its 27th season, and one place it is looking for cast members may seem somewhat unlikely: the Occupy Wall Street movement.

A very brief Craiglist ad asks, “Are you a part of the OCCUPY WALL STREET movement? If so, please contact [email protected]

The Los Angeles Times reports that “a spokesperson for Bunim/Murray [said] the casting call is simply a way to cast a wide net in keeping with the show’s ‘tradition’ of bringing together an eclectic group of people. An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator is not a definitive role they’re looking to fill, the spokesperson said.”

The show has at least attempted to cast people who are a bit more substantive in recent seasons, and although this may seem a bit opportunistic and ridiculous, it also makes sense, because this movement includes a wide range of people, including those in the show’s demographic. And for a prospective cast member, the show could be an interesting platform for communicating ideas to a new audience. If there’s time to show that between the drunken make-out fights, of course.

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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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.