The Real World is a reality television program on MTV originally executive produced by Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray. First broadcast in 1992, the show is the longest-running program in MTV history. Following Bunim’s death from breast cancer in 2004, Bunim/Murray Productions continues to produce the program. Source:
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This is the twentieth season. Previous seasons were aired as half-hour episodes. This season is the first to be aired as 13 one-hour episodes, a move that is credited as helping MTV rank as the #1 network in the Wednesday 10pm - 11pm time slot among people age 12-34. MTV will continue with this format with The Real World: Brooklyn. MTV has also supplemented the airings with The Real World Dailies, an online series of unaired production footage launched in mid-April 2008 that, as of May 13, 2008, amassed 3 million hits by nearly 400,000 unique visitors.
This season the cast residence, called Stage 20, is located at Columbia Square, in a seven-story, 105,000 square foot building at 6121 West Sunset Boulevard at the intersection of North Gower Street in Gower Gulch, Los Angeles that formerly served as a CBS broadcast facility where programs such as I Love Lucy were filmed.
This season, the cast is assigned to take improv comedy at iO WEST, a comedy club in Hollywood. The cast names their group WTF, which ostensibly stands for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, but subtextually stands for "What the Fuck", which cast member Dave Malinosky explains in Episode 8 is the reaction the cast predicted they would invoke in their audience.
The cast includes:
For more on this season of The Real World, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_World:_Hollywood
The Real World: Brooklyn is the upcoming twenty-first season of MTV's popular reality television series The Real World, which focuses on seven diverse strangers living together for several months in a different city each season, as cameras follow their lives and interpersonal relationships. It will be the third season of the show to be set in New York City, though the first to be set in the borough of Brooklyn, as the previous seasons, 1992's The Real World: New York and 2001's The Real World: Back to New York, were filmed in Manhattan. This season will be aired as 12 one-hour episodes. MTV announced the location in May 2008.
Jon Murray, co-creator of The Real World, and Chairman and President of Bunim-Murray Productions, explains the choice of Brooklyn:
“The Brooklyn season, like the Hollywood season, will focus on what people loved about 'The Real World' when it launched in 1992 - genuine people, meaningful conflict and powerful stories...We're thrilled that MTV is allowing 'The Real World' turn 21!"
The cast was housed in a contemporary 20,000 square foot, three-story former OneSport World Building at 19 Darling Walk at the southern end of Darling Harbour, a large recreational and pedestrian district on the western edge of the Sydney central business district.
This season, the cast is assigned to work for Contiki Tours, a vacation travel package planning company, creating a Sydney tour package.
Cohutta Lee Grindstaff
Kelly Anne Judd
Follow this link for more on the Sydney cast and episodes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_World:_Sydney
The season was filmed during the busiest Atlantic hurricane season ever; filming was scheduled to start the week Hurricane Katrina made landfall but was delayed as several castmembers were stuck in Miami. Later in the season Hurricanes Rita and Wilma made landfall forcing the cast to evacuate to West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale, respectively. During Hurricane Wilma, the cast was forced to evacuate again, this time to Orlando after the Ft. Lauderdale-area hotel they sought shelter in was damaged by the storm. Conflicts incurred by the production included an unsuccessful lawsuit by tourism mogul Ed Swift III, a neighbor to the Driftwood Drive house, who sought to stop filming at the location. After MTV threatened to cancel The Real World: Key West in light of the lawsuit, a judge threw out the lawsuit and allowed Bunim-Murray Productions to continue filming the season, with some minor production restrictions put in place.
he Key West housemates were assigned to assist in starting a Mystic Tan franchise at the Pineapple Gallery. It closed briefly after Hurricane Wilma had devastated the store. Shortly thereafter, the store reopened and the roommates were back in business. Despite the struggles the cast encountered, they successfully provided state-of-the-art tanning services to the residents and tourists of Key West.
The cast included:
For more on the Key West cast: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_World:_Key_West
This is also the first real world cast to feature two African Americans.
The Denver cast worked for Outward Bound. They were trained on wilderness courses and later guided New Orleans teenagers displaced by Hurricane Katrina in hiking treks.
More Denver cast information, please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_World:_Denver
The Real World: Austin won "Favorite Season" at the 2008 The Real World Awards Bash.
This season, the cast had to shoot, edit and direct their own documentary on the South by Southwest Music Festival.
his season the cast was housed in the west half of a 23,552 square foot warehouse at 301 San Jacinto Boulevard at East 3rd Street in Austin, Texas, 8,000 square feet of which were used for filming.
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The Philadelphia season is the first with two openly gay men, Karamo Brown and William Hernandez, in the cast. (The first season to have two gay cast members, regardless of sex, was the 2002 Chicago season, although the 1999 Hawaii season featured a bisexual woman and a gay man.) This was the first season to feature an openly gay black male.
he cast lived in a building at 249-251 Arch Street at 3rd Street in Old City Philadelphia 39.9522, -75.1453. The 14,494 square foot, three-story building, which is adjacent to the Betsy Ross House, was built in 1902, and known as the Union Bank of Philadelphia Building until 1970, when it was sold to Seamen's Church Institute to house global seafarers.
The cast included:
Please also visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_World:_Philadelphia
The cast's residence is a custom-designed, two-story house at 4922 North Harbor Drive in San Diego. The house, formerly a Blue Crab Seafood restaurant and a marine supply company, and sits on the edge of the southeast end of Driscoll's Wharf, overlooking America's Cup Harbor in Point Loma. MTV.com gives its size as 5,000 square feet, though realworldhouses.com gives it as 10,328 square feet. During filming of the series, the property included a sand volleyball court and basketball court.
The San Diego cast worked in San Diego Bay as crew members for Next Level Sailing on a boat named Stars & Stripes, which carried visitors daily. Before beginning their regular duties as tour guides, which included preparing yachts for excursions, piloting them in San Diego Bay, and providing maintenance, the cast had to undergo a course in sailing, and navigating the vessels. This created a problem for Frankie Abernathy, who has a phobia of boats, and is initially frightened by the sight of the harbor.
The cast included: Brad Fiorenza, Cameran Eubanks, Charlie Dordevich, Frankie Abernathy, Jacquese Smith, Jamie Chung, Randy Barry, Robin Hibbard
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The Paris cast was assigned to write reviews for Frommer's, reviewing various Paris bars, clubs and other attractions. A weekly bonus would be given to the housemates if they all completed their weekly assignments, though they rarely accomplished this. Two of the castmates, in fact, Chris "CT" Tamburello and Leah Gillingwater, were caught submitting fake reviews. The housemates' reviews were never published, although some were available on Frommer's website.
The cast included:
Clyde "Ace" Amerson
Chris "C.T." Tamburello
For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_World:_Paris
First airing in 2002, the Las Vegas cast lived in a converted penthouse suite on the 28th floor of the Las Vegas Palms Casino and Resort. The Las Vegas season was the second highest-rated season of the series after 2002's Chicago installment.
The Las Vegas housemates had various jobs throughout the season involving the Palms Casino and Resort in which they lived, including promotional work for the night club, "Rain in the Desert", cocktail waiting, and go-go dancing.
The cast included:
Alton Williams, Arissa Hill, Brynn Smith, Frank Roessler, Irulan Wilson, Steven Hill, Trishelle Cannatella
For more information, follow this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_World:_Las_Vegas
he Chicago season debuted in 2002, with its cast living in a converted bookstore/coffeehouse in the Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. This season received heavy criticism from locals who protested the show during filming. The protesters felt that exposure from the show would lead to gentrification in their neighborhood.
The season, which featured themes centered on issues such as romance, illness, recovery from alcoholism, and the events and aftermath of the September 11th attacks, enjoyed some of the highest ratings in the history of the show.
The Chicago roommates were assigned to three different jobs at the Chicago Park District. Some were lifeguards at the Lake Michigan beaches while others worked with inner-city children on a park mural. The cast then worked on "Chicagoween" and had to come up with a story to act out for the children at Chicago's Halloween celebration.
Here is the cast list: Kyle Brandt, Tonya Cooley, Aneesa Ferreira, Cara Kahn, Keri Evans, Chris Beckman, Theo Gantt III
The Back to New York season first aired in 2001, with the cast living in a four-floor loft at 632 Hudson Street in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. As its title indicates, Back to New York was the first season of The Real World to take place in a city that had hosted a previous season, as the show's first season was set in New York in 1992.
This season of Real World along with Road Rules: The Quest was the first and only season to be preceded by a casting special in which 20 potential cast members spent time together for a week to see how they interacted. Among the goings-on during the special was conflict between Coral and Ellen (who would eventually be cast on The Quest).
The cast included: Coral Smith, Mike Mizanin, Rachel Braband, Lori Trespicio, Nicole Jackson, Malik Cooper, Kevin Dunn
More Information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_World:_Back_to_New_York
The New Orleans season first aired on MTV in 2000, with the cast living in a remodeled Civil War-era mansion, called The Belfort, in Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana.
The New Orleans cast was assigned to work at a New Orleans public access television station, with a different cast member acting as the producer of the segment every week.
The cast included: Melissa Howard, Danny Roberts, Jamie Murray, Julie Stoffer, David Broom, Kelley Limp, Matt Smith
For more information, please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_World:_New_Orleans
First airing in 1999, the cast lived in a modern beach house in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The seven housemates worked at the Waikiki Location of Local Motion, a clothing and surf apparel store. They were responsible for booking in-store entertainment under a company they christened "7 Strangers Productions."
Tecumseh Holmes, III
For more on the season of Hawaii: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_World:_Hawaii
First airing in 1998, the Seattle cast lived in a house on Pier 70 of Seattle, Washington's Elliott Bay.
This season was the first to feature cast members who knew each other before arriving at the house, David and Nathan, who were both cadets at the Virginia Military Institute, which is why they say "This is the true story of seven people" instead of "seven strangers" in the opening sequence.
The cast included:
For more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_World:_Seattle
The Boston cast lived in a converted historic firehouse at 127 Mt. Vernon Street, Boston, Massachusetts, which is located right off of Charles Street and was also used in the television series Spenser: For Hire The show made its debut in 1997.
Every season of The Real World, beginning with its fifth season, has included the assignment of a season-long group job or task to the housemates. The Boston cast worked with children at an after-school program in East Boston. Some of the cast worry they will not get along with kids or like the job, but in the end they all enjoy it.
The cast included: Elka Walker, Jason Cornwell, Montana McGlynn, Genesis Moss, Sean Duffy, Kameelah Phillips, Syrus Yarbrough
Follow this link for more on the cast and episodes and other information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_World:_Boston
This was the first season in which the housemates were given a season-long assignment or task, an aspect of the series that would continue in all subsequent seasons. This season the cast was given $50,000 startup money to begin a business of their choosing. The cast's efforts were marked by much disorganization and conflict, and while such as a dessert delivery service and a fashion line were floated about, they were ultimately not able to start the business.
The cast included: Flora Alekseyeun, Joe Patane, Melissa Padrón, Cynthia Roberts, Dan Renzi, Mike Lambert, Sarah Becker
For more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_World:_Miami
This was the first season of The Real World to be set outside the United States. The cast is made up of three Americans, two Britons, a German, and one Australian. As a result of the lack of conflict between the cast members, the London season is reputed to be the most boring, with one TV Guide critic opining of their appearance on the first multi-season Real World reunion show that they "barely registered on the radar".
The cast includes: Kat Ogden, Neil Forrester, Jay Frank, Michael Johnson, Lars Schlichting, Jacinda Barrett, Sharon Gitau
More links and information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_World:_London
The San Francisco season first aired in June 1994, and featured the housemates living in a house at 953 Lombard Street in San Francisco, California, from February 12 to June 19, 1994. The Real World: San Francisco is perhaps the most noteworthy season of the series, and one of the most socially relevant. In particular, the depiction of Pedro Zamora's struggle with AIDS, as well as the confrontations between David "Puck" Rainey and his housemates (most notably Zamora) are the dominant themes of the season.
The cast includes: Pedro Zamora, David "Puck" Rainey, Rachel Campos, Cory Murphy, Judd Winick, Mohammed Bilal, Pam Ling, Jo Rhodes
For more information visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_World:_San_Francisco
The Los Angeles season featured a total of nine cast members over the course of the season, as one cast member was evicted and replaced, and another was replaced when she got married.
The cast included: Aaron Bailey, Beth Stolarczyk, David Edwards,Dominic Griffin, Irene Berrera, Jon Brennan, Glen Naessens, Tami Roman, Beth Anthony
More information on the cast and episodes from the second season, please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_World:_Los_Angeles
New York is the first season of MTV's groundbreaking reality television series The Real World, which focuses on seven diverse strangers from across the United States living together in a loft in Manhattan's SoHo district for several months, as the cameras follow their lives and their interpersonal relationships.
This seasons cast included: Eric Nies, Heather Gardner, Julie Gentry, Kevin Powell, Norman Korpi, Becky Blasband, and Andre Comeau.
More information about the cast and episodes, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_World:_New_York