MTV previews the new Real World New Orleans, Jersey Shore’s second season

MTV has released previews for two of its returning reality series, and it’s hard to not see the bleed-over between the latest phenomenon, Jersey Shore, and the old stand-by, The Real World.

First, here’s the trailer for season 24 of MTV’s first reality series, which debuts June 30 and is titled The Real World: New Orleans, as if the first New Orleans-set season never happened. Fitting with its slide into the gutter, the trailer seems to mock the cast member who was assaulted by another cast member, though it also does apparently include the police’s investigation of that assault.

The trailer emphasizes pretty much nothing except partying, stupidity, and sex, which besides being an extension of the series’ trajectory over the past 10 or 15 seasons, seems to me like a desperate attempt to emulate Jersey Shore.

Next, MTV has released the first 13 minutes of Jersey Shore‘s second season, which is partly set in Miami Beach. It emphasizes the cast’s stupidity–Snooki complains about the new tax on tanning, even though it goes into effect in July, long after filming concluded–and also their self-awareness about what happened last season and what they plan to do this season (Snooki will be “a tornado” and destroy things, and Vinny wants “better quality girls”).

In it, Jenni/JWoWW says “it was definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity,” and while this preview doesn’t indicate that the show has jumped the shark, it’s only the first 13 minutes, and it does end with an obvious fan hitting on two cast members:

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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