Next Challenge looking for viewers to participate

This is the story of what happens on The Real World/Road Rules Challenge when you cancel one of your feeder shows and your regular contestants (like The Miz, Veronica, and Rachel) decide to take a break.

This Saturday in New York City, Bunim-Murray is casting viewers 18 to 24 who want to take part in the next Challenge. The casting notice says, in part:

“Compete against your favorite Real World and Road Rules all-stars for cash and prizes. For the first time ever, we’re daring our viewers to go head-to-head with veteran cast members in the most exciting Challenge yet!”

As our friends at TVgasm point out, this casting call–like so many others–is being pitched via e.mail from publicisits. Just like TVgasm says, “Normally, we laugh at them because we’d rather not bother our readers with a bunch of useless shit when the only thing really exciting about most of these e-mails is the number of exclamation points people feel they must use to get their point across.”

But this one is clearly special. Who wouldn’t give up weeks of their life to interact with and scream at former cast members in an exotic location for the chance at major prizes and small amounts of cash? I’m just sad that I’m now years beyond the age cut-off.

The RW/RR Challenge casting [Bunim-Murray]

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.