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The Real World's Return to New Orleans Reminder That The Real World Used To Be Good

Real World Logo MTV's The Real World's next season, it's 24th (!), will premiere June 30th and returns to New Orleans, the locale for it's 9th season. The latest Big Easy incantation follows a low-rated Washington season that tanked despite trying to piggyback on the political enthusiasm of young people following the 2008 presidential election. "What our audience wants is. . . . stories that relate to them. They don't want esoteric discussions," franchise creator and executive producer Jon Murray told the Washington Post on Monday. Apparently they're going back to boozing and humping. 

Check out the preview if you don't believe me.


Sigh. I used to be a giant Real World fan, until they stopped getting real and only focused on getting drunk and laid. It was all downhill from San Diego, if you ask me. The original New Orleans season was one of my very favorite seasons, filled with dynamic personalities. Remember Julie, the LDS BYU student who entered the season fairly certain she would not be allowed back to BYU because she would be living with male roommates during her time in New Orleans? Or cute, sweet, Danny, whose closeted serviceman boyfriend visited while on the show? Or one of the most hilarious cast members ever, Melissa, who is now herself a mom blogger? Did you know castmember Kelley is married to Scott Wolf? I know you did not forget David, the douche canoe who tried to Rico-Suave his way into America's heart with his "Come On Be My Baby Tonight" jam. There's no YouTube footage of this, and that made me very sad. Also, in 2001, I saw him at a mall in Quincy, Illinois. True story.

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But besides interesting characters, their interactions were gripping. Sure, there was romantic tension in the house and the housemates had their share of drinks. But conflicts were bigger than that. In a memorable episode, Melissa explains to naive Julie why she can't be the representative voice of people of color just because Julie doesn't know any others. Danny's relationship with Paul, a military officer, showed Americans just how Don't Ask, Don't Tell affects LGBTQ servicemen and women. Matt and Julie were both non-drinking virgins, for pete's sake. I'd like to see the clowns at Bunim-Murray try that again.

Even the typical drama was just of a higher quality. Remember when Melissa flipped out on David in a work meeting? I'm bringing back "time the fuck out".


Most of all, and rare these days, the original New Orleans season was able to maintain the original spirit of the show: follow young people from different walks of life and watch them learn from each other. When the original New Orleans episode aired, castmembers weren't chosen because they'd be likely competitors in the Real World/Road Rules challenge. They weren't dead set on moving to Hollywood and trying to become famous. They didn't fuck on camera (much). They were real young people with lives, goals, and dreams outside of entertainment who allowed us a glimpse into their lives for a fleeting moment. And, as much as they might not get along, I don't see cast members from back in the day pissing on a roommate's toothbrush, using it to scrub the toilet, and then putting it back.

Not even Puck, man. Not even Puck.

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Kelli stopped being polite a long time ago






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Comments

JellyBean

I watched the Real World til San Diego as well. I couldn't stand the focus on drinking & sex as only topics for the housemates. Plus product placement was obvious. Loved the Boston, Seattle & New Orleans seasons.

Jamie

I stopped watching then too. I thought London was a great season though... but it has changed a lot in TWENTY FOUR YEARS (when did THAT happen?)

Sherri

I loved that show until San Diego....why does every reality show turn into the same thing? Drama and sex and more drama...and more sex.

Becca

Seattle was my favorite. I enjoyed everything about that cast and season. I thought the original New Orleans cast was pretty boring, but you're right, they were the last "real" cast.




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