Reality check: Real World cast updates, Teen Mom’s mom lies about her teen

The Real World‘s 27th season debuts tonight, and a newspaper checks in on more than 40 of the show’s previous cast members, including the ones who have disappeared from the public eye/Challenges. [New York Daily News]

Updated and corrected: Ben Bailey, host of Discovery’s Cash Cab, won a daytime Emmy for best game show host last year, not this year. I regret the error. His show has still been cancelled. This year’s winner was Todd Newton, who hosts Family Game Night on Hub.

Project Runway 8 finalist Andy South has transitioned from male to female. [Radar]

A Teen Mom‘s mom lied about her daughter becoming a teen mom again. [Jezebel]

People unintentionally (?) sharing very private information on Facebook has resulted in a very entertaining web site. Casting directors, find your uber-extroverts here. [We Know What You’re Doing]

Not actually news: For some reason, my DVR continually records every episode of The Real Housewives of New York City, even though I’ve instructed it to record just new episodes, and it simultaneously promises me that it will record The Glee Project and then just does not. My DVR and I are going to throw down soon, and by that I mean I’m going to swap it out with another one and let it be lobotomized by BrightHouse.

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.

about the writer

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.