Gauntlet 2 preview promises more drunken antics from rookie and veteran MTVers

Last night MTV debuted a preview of the new Real World/Road Rules Challenge with a half-hour special that will probably reair a half million times over the next week. For this season, the Gauntlet 2, which debuts Dec. 5, we’re promised “a whole new set of rules” and a “new game,” which as well all know is Challenge code for “we make this shit up as we go along.”

The special was hosted by TJ Lavin, our new host, who replaces Dave Mirra, and who can be explained by this simple analogy: Dave Mirra is to Ryan Seacrest as TJ Lavin is to Julie Chen without batteries. Damn, he’s an inarticulate, monosyllabic moron.

This season, the teams are rookies versus veterans. Veterans means old farts like Mark, Beth, Montana, and Syrus, who need to negotiate some soft focus into their contracts or else their age is really going to show. The rookies are literally unknown, like nearly the entire cast of Road Rules 13 cast.

But, hysterically, the rookies cast also includes people who’ve appeared on at least one past challenge, because, let’s be honest, besides those who’ve shunned the entire enterprise and gone into hiding, the entire Bunim/Murray universe has already whored themselves out at least once.

The preview special previewed some of the conflicts, but summarizing them is pointless, because when drunk camera whores bang each other and then confront each other after competing in relatively lame challenges, the result isn’t meant to be considered intellectually, it’s just meant to be enjoyed.

Gauntlet 2 [MTV]

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