The Real World is coming back with an eye on streaming platforms, according to a new report. The 32nd Season of the show ended in January of 2017 and the future of the groundbreaking show was put into question. MTV Networks and producer Bunim-Murray Productions are currently looking for a new way to breathe life into The Real World, which made its debut in 1992 and changed the landscape of television throughout the 90s and all the way up until today.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that MTV has chosen The Real World as its next reality show that it wants to resurrect following Jersey Shore and My Super Sweet 16. Both of the aforementioned shows remained on the network, but it appears that The Real World will head to a streaming platform, much like Bravo's Queer Eye reboot, which has been quite successful. It isn't clear where the show will end up, but Netflix and Hulu seem like the main contenders at this time. Additionally, it is unknown if the show will be called Real World or The Real World since the show shortened its title back in 2013.
The Real World was inspired by a 1973 PBS documentary series entitled An American Family and was first broadcast on MTV in 1992. Since then, the show has become the longest-running program in MTV history as well as the longest-running reality program ever. The Real World has been credited with starting the modern reality TV genre, which shows no signs of slowing down. It's unclear why MTV stopped after the 32nd Season, but it may have something to do with what they're trying to accomplish now.
The Real World focuses on a group of strangers who audition to live in a house together for a handful of months with cameras documenting their every waking moment. The reality show takes place in a different city for each season and was originally edited down to 22-minute episodes spread across 19 episodes. It later moved to a 44-minute show starting in the 20th season, which took place in Hollywood. The show was initially intended to be a casted and scripted show in the vein of 90210, but it was deemed too expensive, which led to the reality route.
Over the years, and even since the beginning, The Real World has been criticized for its authenticity. There have been accusations that the producers would ask certain roommates to say certain things or act a certain way for ratings, and if they didn't comply, the episode would be edited in a way to imply what the MTV top brass wanted to see. People who have appeared on the show have pretty much said that some of the situations were staged and even repeated themselves in future seasons. However, with the addition of alcohol, all bets were off and staging things were no longer needed since the booze alone created drama. You can read more about The Real World revival series at The Hollywood Reporter.