Paramount+ and MTV Entertainment Studios have announced that MTV's The Real World franchise is returning. They have also announced that the cast of the very first season in New York have all returned. The new season of the groundbreaking reality TV show is set to kick off the March 4th launch of Paramount+. The latest installment reunites the original New York cast in the iconic NYC loft for what the rebranded streaming service has dubbed: The Real World Homecoming: New York.
In the multi-episode season of The Real World Homecoming: New York, the original seven strangers will revisit the shocking moments and explosive issues that transpired during the historic season and discuss how they parallel in today's social climate. After spending decades apart, viewers will reconvene with New York housemates Becky Blasband, Andre Comeau, Heather B. Gardner, Julie Gentry, Norman Korpi, Eric Nies, and Kevin Powell to find out how the series transformed their lives since the cameras stopped rolling and to find out, once again, "what happens when they stop being polite... and start getting real."
Chris McCarthy, President of MTV Entertainment Group is excited to be bringing The Real World back to a new generation. He says, "The Real World is credited with creating the Reality TV genre and was one of the first series to tackle important and yet unrepresented topics such as LGBTQ, race, gender, HIV/AIDS and religion." He went on to note, "With Paramount+ being the home to so many global reality hit franchises it seems only fitting to bring back the franchise and cast that started it all for the launch." The MTV series first debuted in May 1992, which is well before social media and smartphones. Almost overnight, the series changed the landscape of entertainment all over the world.
Created for MTV by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim of Bunim/Murray Productions, The Real World helped shape a generation and sought to spotlight culturally resonant stories like never before - including one of the first LGBTQ+ relationships documented on a TV series, the first televised same-sex commitment ceremony, and its unforgettable portrayal of Pedro Zamora's battle with HIV. On the heels of MTV's 40th birthday, the brand that birthed reality television is bringing it back to where it all began.
Celebrated for its diverse casting and honest portrayal of contemporary young adulthood, the reality TV series The Real World illustrated a simple yet powerful idea of connecting people from widely divergent backgrounds to find common ground on the issues that divided them and generated conversations that reverberated loudly through media and youth culture. However, things didn't always go as planned, which is exactly why the show became such a huge success. People would often tune in to see the new drama and tension created by the various different cast members from over the years. The official Paramount+ Twitter account was the first to announce The Real World reunion news.