This is the true story of seven reality TV pioneers who were chosen to reunite in a loft and record their lives … and you know the rest.
Veteran reality staple The Real World helps launch renamed Paramount + platform (formerly CBS All Access) on March 4th with the debut of The Real World Homecoming: New York, TVLine learned. The six-episode documentaries will reunite the original seven strangers as they revisit the shocking moments and fiery issues they grappled with in their historic season and discuss how their experiences align with the world and society of today.
“After decades apart, viewers will meet with New York roommates Becky Blasband, Andre Comeau, Heather B. Gardner, Julie Gentry, Norman Korpi, Eric Nies, and Kevin Powell to find out how the series has changed their lives since the cameras have stopped rolling and to find out again what happens when they stop being polite and become real, ”the official description reads.
“The real world is credited with creating the reality television genre and it was one of the first series to address important yet unrepresented topics such as LGBTQ, race, gender, HIV / AIDS and religion,” said Chris McCarthy, President of MTV Entertainment Group made a statement. “With Paramount + being home to so many global hit reality franchises, it just seems appropriate to bring back the franchise and cast that started it all.”
Created for MTV in 1992 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, The Real World gained fame after being celebrated for its diverse cast and accurate portrayal of youth culture. The original series ran for 33 seasons (the last of which was released on Facebook Watch in 2019) and spawned two spin-off series, Road Rules and the competitive series The Challenge, which is currently airing its 36th season.
This is the second cast from the franchise to receive reunion treatment. In 2007, MTV produced a mini spin-off season entitled “Reunited: The Real World Las Vegas,” which brought the entire season 12 cast back to the suite at the Palms Hotel and Casino where they once lived.
Do you look forward to seeing the original from New York in action again? Let us know in the comments if you watch!