Real World Cancun debuts as Washington bars ban, welcome Real World DC’s drunks

The 22nd season of MTV’s The Real World will debut tonight, and it leaves the country for the fourth time (after London, Paris, and Sydney).

The Real World Cancun features two cast members who are friends and a living space that’s in a hotel. Those who still watch report that the last few seasons have been an improvement, with cast members who are more driven than their previous counterparts, but setting the show in Cancun should pretty much ensure that the new group of eight is drunk and fighting 95 percent of the time.

Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., producers are rumored to be looking for non-profits willing to employ eight people who, you know, don’t want to do any work.

The 23rd season has already been received with skepticism, some bars are already banning the production–although a greater number seem to be open to having the show’s cast members get drunk in their establishments. The Washington Post reports on which D.C. bars near the show’s house are reluctant to allow filming and which ones are open to the idea.

Real World 22 Cancun [MTV]
Washington “Real World” to Teach Kids to Read Good [Fishbowl DC]
D.C.’s World Is About to Start Getting Real [Washington Post]

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