Real World Brooklyn debuts in high definition with eight cast members

Tonight, MTV debuts the 21st season of The Real World, which is the third season to be set in New York City. Episodes air Wednesdays at 10, and are again one hour long; MTV started that last season, and the longer episodes keep the same running time but cut the season’s length in half.

The Real World Brooklyn has three firsts: it’s the first season to start with eight cast members, instead of the typical “seven strangers”; the first to have a transexual cast member, Katelynn, who was born male but became female last summer; and the first to be shot and broadcast in HD (a first for MTV, too), and high-definition episodes will be on iTunes.

The new cast–Chet Cannon, Ryan Conklin, Katelynn Cusanelli, Scott Herman, JD Ordonez, Sarah Rice, Devyn Simone, and Baya Voce–will live in Red Hook. MTV’s trailer suggests that this season’s conflict and drama, including smashed tables! and hook-ups!, will have a lot to do with their secret identities. And probably alcohol.

The Real World Brooklyn [MTV]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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