MTV’s The 70s House debuts tonight

MTV merges The Real World, Big Brother, and the PBS historical House shows with its new series The ’70s House. The series, which debuts tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET, takes “12 modern kids and force[s] them to live as though it were the 1970s.” But they aren’t just living, as two hosts–comics Bil Dwyer and Joe Schmo 2‘s Natasha Leggero, who take on new names for some reason–will lead the cast in challenges that will send one home each week.

Even though we’re jumping backwards a few decades, don’t expect the media whores to disappear. In fact, we should just call this Whore House, because the cast is pretty open about its intentions. Cast member Peter Asencio told the New York Daily News, “I don’t really care about the prize, I just care about getting air time. This was a perfect opportunity. I’m trying to capitalize on the exposure.” He’s a class act who ended up in LA because the hot woman he met online and flew to LA to meet turned out to be a “5-2, 240-pound beast,” he says.

Cast member Joey Mendicino is “an aspiring actor” who got on the show after “[h]is manager sent Mendicino on an audition for what turned out to be The ’70s House,” according to The Block News Alliance. Joey says he almost said no: “I would never have done reality. I was just very skeptical of it at first, but I talked with the people at MTV and this one was supposed to be different and unlike anything out there so far. I’m such an adventurer and I get into everything, so I was like, ‘Let me give it a try.'”

Sadly, The Boston Globe says the series “opts to be nothing more than a very old visual joke stretched out to series length,” adding that “the show is poorly cast” and has no “instantly memorable characters.” Sorry, Joey and Peter.

The 70s House [MTV]
MTV: That ’70s ‘House’ [New York Daily News]
MTV show relives the disco decade [Block News Alliance]
Joke gets old fast in ‘The ’70s House’ [Boston Globe]

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