MTV confirms Real World: St. Thomas

MTV today confirmed that the 27th season of the first modern reality TV show will be filmed in the Virgin Islands and be called The Real World: St. Thomas. The network noted that because it’s a U.S. territory, the production costs benefit the economy even though it’s being filmed in the Caribbean.

Word that the production has selected St. Thomas leaked recently, dashing the hopes of people in places like Pittsburgh, which thought the show would be coming there even though there was no evidence (and the show probably will never go there).

The press release mentioned a “custom decorated home” but didn’t say that it’s actually located on an island off the mainland. The cast will venture away from their secluded home to visit St. Croix, St. John, and Water Island.

Co-creator and executive producer Jon Murray called St. Thomas “the perfect environment for this year’s seven strangers to get to know each other and figure out their lives,” while the press release promised they’d “work hard and play harder.” Of course, they’ll only work really hard at trying to punch and penetrate each other.

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.