Sean Duffy re-elected: The Real World still has representation in Congress

The Real World Boston cast member Sean Duffy was re-elected to the United States House of Representatives yesterday, assuring that reality TV cast members still have a representative in Congress. Drunk 20-somethings hooking up and/or fighting in hot tubs can relax.

Sean defeated Pat Kreitlow by winning 56 percent of the vote. The AP reports that “Democrats considered his seat vulnerable” and “Outside groups spent heavily to try to oust Duffy. But he benefited from redistricting” and “also had more money, having raised $2.4 million compared to Kreitlow’s $1.2 million as of mid-October.”

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.