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MTV Gives 'Real World' Two More Seasons ... But Why?

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 23rd 2011 5:45PM
Real WorldGet ready for more partying 20-somethings on MTV. The network has renewed 'Real World' for not one but two more seasons.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, MTV is currently casting season 26 and gave a green light to seasons 27 and 28. Season 25, set in Las Vegas, is currently airing on MTV.

Although in many minds 'Jersey Shore' has taken 'Real World''s place in the pop culture landscape, the latest 'Real World' has brought in around 2 million viewers. They're not 'Jersey Shore'-level numbers, but still OK for an MTV series.

Still, after 25 years, the formula has grown tired. Our own Jean Bentley noted just how clichéd the show had come in her recap of the season premiere.

"The cast is predictably diverse, chock-full of small-town girls, country bumpkins and street-smart PYTs," she wrote. "Honestly, this first episode seems specifically designed to air clips of the castmates making bold statements like 'I will not go to a strip club' and 'I don't want to hook up with my roommates' simply to foreshadow the fact that those things will inevitably happen at some point during the season."

Given the phenomenon 'Jersey Shore' has become in the reality genre, can MTV really continue 'Real World' for at least three more years and have it remain relevant?

Tell us: Do you see 'Real World' as a viable reality franchise for three more years?

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John

It's really simple. This is just the minor league feeder to the Challenges.

March 23 2011 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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