Real World appears headed to Portland

MTV’s The Real World looks to be filming its 28th season in Portland, Oregon. Top Chef is taping its 10th season in Seattle, meaning a lot of reality TV activity in the Pacific Northwest, which lasted hosted the MTV series in 1998.

Last month, blogger Byron Beck claimed that the show would be going to Portland, but offered no evidence until, about a month later, he posted the show’s logo. Yesterday, he posted a Facebook photo of a building, speculating that it would be used as the show’s house. Another person posted a photo from a neighboring building that shows the roof of the presumed house, where it looks like a hot tub is being installed.

The Real World sleuths at Vevmo offer additional, much more clear, evidence, including job postings for Bunim-Murray Productions PAs and construction permits for 338 NW 9th Ave that identify it as a “temporary dwelling unit for TV production.”

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.