The Real World eyes Sydney
The Real World hasn't been abroad since their lackluster London and Paris seasons, but seeing how dramatically the show has changed since the seminal Las Vegas season of debauchery, a trip to Sydney is bound to play like an over-privileged college kid's junior year abroad. They'll be lucky if the brain trust they send down there does anything but marvel at the lower drinking age and the availability of beer other than Foster's.
Actually, it's a pretty wise move to beat it for foreign shores. The alternative newsweeklies in American cities, like The Stranger in Seattle, have made it harder and harder for the Real World crew to shoot without interruption and open hostility from the locals. Even wiser would be putting together a cast with no Americans. While the whole world is hip to the reality television game, there's got to be some chance that an all Aussie Real World would actually surprise us in some way. Their arguments about race and sexuality would, at the very least, have to be different, and they've had a few more years practice holding their liquor. In the end what I think this show really needs is a Jim Halpert - an audience surrogate who can occasionally turn to the camera, lift his eyebrows and give us conspiratorially "I know, WTF" look. It would make all the difference in the (real) world.