The Real World Is Dead, Long Live The Real World: Ex-Plosion

Remember when the Real World was something special? 100 years ago? I do — I used to vividly, but as time goes on I lose bits and pieces of it…the consistency of Puck’s snot, the vibrancy of Melissa’s paintings, the grossness of Mormon Julie’s relationship with her brother, the urgency with which Stephen slapped Irene, the intensity behind Kevin and Julie’s fight about racism that lead to Julie saying that racism was still a problem “because of people like EEOOUU, Kevin!,” the time that Steven said “FOR THE REST OF MUUYY LUUUYYF!” after Brynn threw a fork at him. Haha, actually I remember it all pretty well. Still there! The show is dead, though, unfortunately. From Entertainment Weekly:

For the first time ever, pioneering MTV reality series The Real World is changing its format. After 21 years and 28 seasons, The Real World is shaking things up with a twist and name change for its upcoming edition, which has the show returning to San Francisco.

Arguably TV’s second longest-running reality show (the first would be COPS, which launched in 1989), The Real World will be re-titled The Real World: Ex-Plosion when it airs next year.

The season begins like any other: Seven young, attractive and single diverse cast-mates from around the country move into a house (first cast photo above). They’ll start to form bonds, with each other and with San Francisco locals. Then, one month into the three-month shoot, they’ll go away for a day trip. When they return, they’re in for a huge shock: Their exes have moved in too.

Oh, brother. It does make sense, though. The Real World concept is no longer shocking in a, I don’t know, Million Second Quiz world? Tan Mom world? Twitter world? The garbage Internet one-second-of-infamy-hungry world we’re living in now. BUT FOR HOW LONG CAN THEY TRICK PEOPLE INTO LIVING WITH THEIR EXES?! Jonathan Murray, co-creator of The Real World, in the Entertainment Weekly article, goes on to explain that they “had probably 10 good ideas for the season.” This was just one of them, he says, and “maybe there will be another good idea for season 30.” But what are those other nine?! Let’s take a stab:

  • Trick people into living with ghosts of their dead relatives.
  • Trick people into living with people they’ve blogged negative things about.
  • Everyone lives with Courtney Stodden.
  • Cast women who don’t know they’re pregnant yet but they find out that they’re pregnant on-air.
  • No food in house.
  • 1 human, the rest dogs.
  • 2 humans — one pretends like there are 5 other people living in the house that he or she interacts with. Cameras follow those “other people.” The other real person begins to question which of them is the crazy one.
  • Something with Catfish.
  • Everyone has a podcast except one person, see how long it takes that person to get a podcast or leave.