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Is Real World breaking a 31-season tradition with its casting?

Is Real World breaking a 31-season tradition with its casting?
Are You The One season three—and now Real World 32—cast member Mike Crescenzo. (Photo by MTV)

One of the cast members on The Real World Seattle has been identified as Mike Crescenzo, a cast member who was on the third season of MTV’s Are You The One?

AYTO cast member Mike was photographed while being filmed and has been identified on Vevmo’s discussion forum that tracks Real World productions. In a summary post, the user known as PinkRose says filming began July 1.

Mike has been silent on Twitter since last Wednesday, the same day he posted on Instagram and said, “One final pic before the madness begins.”

On AYTO 3’s finale last fall, Mike’s relationship with Amanda devolved into physical conflict, with Amanda repeatedly hitting him with a cup, and then Mike throwing her onto a bed, after which he was removed from the house by producers. He returned the next day to reveal he’d decided to leave the show, saying, “I wasn’t trying to hurt Amanda. I lost it.”

Another major change for The Real World

The 32nd season of Real World is filming in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, where producers have been asking businesses to sign an agreement to allow filming that says, among other things, that the show may “refer to the Property by its actual name or any fictitious name, and the right to attribute actual or fictitious events as occurring on the Property.” (Why would anyone sign that?)

In its preceding 31 seasons, The Real World—the show that gave birth to modern reality television—has always cast people who are new to reality television. Casting a person who previously appeared on another season would be a major change.

Of course, the show has undergone other major shifts these past few years, introducing ambush-based casting twists and turning the show into more of a game.

Perhaps casting another MTV reality show cast member is an acknowledgement that, for an increasing number of people, being on a reality TV is just part of life now. That, or they’ve truly, finally run out of people to cast.

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