The Real World abandons Philadelphia.

The Real World abandons Philadelphia.
Three weeks before production on The Real World Philadelphia was to begin, Bunim-Murray is taking the show elsewhere. The production company hired a nonunion construction company to prepare the house, which led to picketing of the site; two weeks worth of picketing and the possibility of protests during taping were apparently too much. A spokesperson for Bunim-Murray said only that “[a]fter considerable evaluation, we are disappointed to announce that Bunim/Murray Productions has decided not to shoot” the show there. Unions reportedly offered a deal earlier, but Bunim-Murray turned it down. A Teamster president said they were “not out to gouge anybody, but this is a union town.” According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, “The Greater Philadelphia Film Office worked years to bring The Real World to town.” No word on what city might replace Philadelphia.

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