Brooklyn will host the 21st Real World

Having apparently run out of cities willing to host its alcohol-infused orgies, The Real World will return to New York to film its 21st season, and its third season in that city. The show will tape in Brooklyn this summer and air next year, MTV announced today.

For The Real World Hollywood, MTV compressed the season into 13 hour-long episodes (instead of 20-something half-hour episodes), and will do the same thing for season 21, having ordered 12 one-hour episodes of The Real World Brooklyn. In the announcement, MTV’s Tony DiSanto does a good job of bullshitting that the new schedule “gives [viewers] more of what they want — making this must see TV each week,” but really, it’s just an acknowledgment that the show is aging, less interesting than The Hills, and doesn’t really have enough to offer to spread a season over six months.

In the press release, co-creator Jon Murray again acknowledges that the show has become a complete joke and a shadow of its former self. “The Brooklyn season, like the Hollywood season, will focus on what people loved about ‘The Real World’ when it launched in 1992 — genuine people, meaningful conflict and powerful stories. We’re thrilled that MTV is allowing ‘The Real World’ turn 21!” he said. The 21st season was looking for activists and people with “depth,” but there’s no word if they actually found any.

There’s also no indication where, exactly, the house will be, but The New York Observer is “hoping for the corner of Smith and Carroll but will also settle for Bedford and North Sixth,” which would probably make sense and/or be funny to people who know something about Brooklyn.

A Tree Isn’t the Only Thing Growing in Brooklyn! [MTV press release]
The Real World: Brooklyn. For Real. [New York Observer]

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In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

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