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MTV Is Reuniting the Original Cast of The Real World Season 1 for New Series

In 1992, MTV changed the face of television with the launch of The Real World. In 2021, they're bringing it back in a very special way.

The show, which became the birth of reality TV as we now know it today, launched with seven young strangers from varied backgrounds — model Eric Nies, dancer Julie Gentry, hip hop artist Heather B. Gardner, poet and educator Kevin Powell, filmmaker Norman Korpi, musician Andre Comeau and folk singer Becky Blasband — moving into a New York City apartment together to "have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real."

Nearly three decades later, those seven strangers haven't lived together since — until now.

MTV has announced The Real World Homecoming: New York, a six-episode reunion series as part of the March 4 launch of Paramount+. The show will see the roommates moving back into their original SoHo loft and once again having their lives taped.

According to MTV, "the original seven strangers will revisit the shocking moments and explosive issues that transpired during the historic season and discuss how they parallel in today's social climate."

Created for MTV by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim of Bunim/Murray Productions, The Real World has aired 33 seasons, as well as spinoffs Road Rules for 14 seasons and The Challenge, which is currently airing its 36th season.

Multiple seasons of The Real World and its spinoffs are available to stream now on CBS All Access, soon to be rebranded as Paramount+.

"The Real World is been credited with creating the reality TV genre and was one of the first series that tackled important and yet unrepresented topics such as LGBTQ, race, gender, HIV/AIDS and religion," Chris McCarthy, president of MTV Entertainment Group, said in a statement. "With Paramount+ being the home to so many global reality hit franchises it seems only fitting to bring back the franchise and cast that started it all for the launch."

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by Anonymousreply 10902/23/2021

Now that’s worth paying for!!!

by Anonymousreply 102/16/2021

L.A. or San Francisco would be more fun, I think, but I don't think either of those casts would ever want to re-unite.

by Anonymousreply 202/16/2021

Can they get them all back? Didn’t some of them die?

They should have waited a year to do this on their 30th anniversary. It’s stupid to do it on the 29th anniversary.

by Anonymousreply 302/16/2021

Why is Andre in the middle? He’s not the star. He’s a side supporting character at best.

by Anonymousreply 402/16/2021

R3 None of the NYC cast has died... yet.

by Anonymousreply 502/16/2021

Will Kevin be more angry and more radical, and will he treat Julie bad enough to make her cry again?

by Anonymousreply 602/16/2021

Eric was gorgeous. I hope he’s aged well.

by Anonymousreply 702/16/2021

I think heather/julie/norm are still close.

Of the LA cast I think only Beth S., Glenn, tami and Jon would participate.

by Anonymousreply 802/16/2021

Were any of them likable? The hallmarks of those shows seems to be finding narcissists that the audience will hate, but in different ways.

by Anonymousreply 902/16/2021

Norm was likable.

by Anonymousreply 1002/16/2021

[quote]"The Real World is been credited with enabling the reality TV genre and was one of the first series that shoved tranny propaganda in people's faces while pushing the bury your gays trope shamelessly," Chris McCarthy, president of MTV Entertainment Group, said in a statement. "With Paramount+ being completely bereft of ideas that don't start with "Star" and end with "Trek" and having to rely on slavishly repeating past successes for a quick buck, it seems only fitting to dig up these losers since they weren't doing anything productive or useful with their unearned fame. It's this or a [italic]Sister, Sister[/italic] reboot."

Re-edited for truth.

by Anonymousreply 1102/16/2021

When was there a tranny on the show?

by Anonymousreply 1202/16/2021

Eric Nies is packin’! He was always so hot.

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by Anonymousreply 1302/16/2021

Is this really necessary?

by Anonymousreply 1402/16/2021

I would be interested in this...I loved the first season, since I was around the same age as them. I know Julie and especially Andre have not before been interested in being part of any reunions.

by Anonymousreply 1502/16/2021

r7 r13 I had such a crush on him. Ultimate early 90's dreamboat.

Didn't he eventually get badly strung out on drugs for a very long time?

by Anonymousreply 1602/16/2021

Eric looks better now than he did the last time the earl Real World-ers reunited. He looked like had too much sun and was a beach bum. Now he's a crunchy granola type. Kevin looks the same, just older. Heather hasn't changed one bit. She's a co-host on Sway's radio show.

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by Anonymousreply 1702/16/2021

Had anyone done porn or been arrested? It seems as though you need people who've been one, the other or both for a cast to be complete.

by Anonymousreply 1802/16/2021

r17 He looks like a butch power lesbian in that photo.

by Anonymousreply 1902/16/2021

I quit watching when I aged and couldn’t really relate to the newer casts. They also quit casting interesting types, and making them have jobs...and just cast “hotties” who just drank and partied all the time.

by Anonymousreply 2002/16/2021

Eric went on to host MTV's The Grind, apparently did a ton of ecstasy in those days, and completely burned out.

by Anonymousreply 2102/16/2021

That's when I stopped watching, when it went from interesting social experiment to a show about young people hooking up and getting black out drunk.

by Anonymousreply 2202/16/2021

Gdammit they picked the most boring cast possible! Should’ve been Seattle, Boston or Miami casts

by Anonymousreply 2302/16/2021

What's going on with Eric's hair at R17? All combed forward to hide receding hairline?

This (RW 1) was when reality TV really did show you reality. By the Hawaii season (S 8), it was very self-conscious. Maybe even before that.

by Anonymousreply 2402/16/2021

r20 r22 Las Vegas 2002 was the season that signified the switch between GenX and Millenial. That's when the show stopped being socially conscious and became all about partying, hooking up, and cheap drama.

by Anonymousreply 2502/16/2021

R24 eric looks like he is hiding surgical scars in the oic at r17..

I was an NYU undergrad when they started casting this and had homemade looking flyers on all the lamp posts around Mercer/Washington Sq. Advertising for fun creative people who wanted to be roommates for a filmed project. Yes, I am old.

Agree completely w/r25 Las Vegas was the start of just going for shock value.

by Anonymousreply 2602/16/2021

I loved this season of RW and found the later drunken whore seasons boring. The cast looked like real people, and they chose mainly interesting creative New Yorkers, dancers, musicians, rappers and models. It was fun in an innocent way reality tv never will be again. Also loved their Loft and dreamed of living in one someday.

by Anonymousreply 2702/16/2021

What kind of surgery, R26?

Here's his hairline before he started covering it up.

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by Anonymousreply 2802/16/2021

Anything but music!

by Anonymousreply 2902/16/2021

I read that they approached the Hawaii cast with the same kind of deal. Amaya from that season posted to social media saying she turned them down because who wants to watch a bunch of 40 year old moms.

by Anonymousreply 3002/16/2021

The problem is that they are older and hopefully wiser now. They will probably not be "outrageous" and just be middle-aged. What will they talk about? What kind of reading glasses they use?

by Anonymousreply 3102/16/2021

[quote] I read that they approached the Hawaii cast with the same kind of deal. Amaya from that season posted to social media saying she turned them down because who wants to watch a bunch of 40 year old moms.

Amaya was boring when she was 20.

by Anonymousreply 3202/16/2021

Norm got very fat. Hopefully he had his jaw wired before filming. He can always balloon back up.

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by Anonymousreply 3302/16/2021

They gathered in NYC to film during the pandemic?

This should be akin to watching paint dry.

by Anonymousreply 3402/16/2021

I was 16 years old when Season 1 of the Real World premiered and I was totally fixated on it. They were cool people just a few years older than me living a cool life in NYC. A few years later I was doing the same. RW really inspired me to say "fuck it" and take chances.

by Anonymousreply 3502/16/2021

Fat or not, Norm looks a million times better than Eric.

But then I thought he did way back when, too.

by Anonymousreply 3602/16/2021

Was watching the season one and the building looked so familiar then realized I lived three blocks away. It was across from Dean ands Deluca food store.

by Anonymousreply 3702/16/2021

Amaya’s pussy stinks!

by Anonymousreply 3802/16/2021

It's interesting to view this series just for the clunky editing and the slow, uninteresting pace. This show was a snooze fest - and other versions were amped up to become better and better.

They really didn't know what they were doing or how it would turn out - and it shows.

by Anonymousreply 3902/16/2021

It's fun to watch now as a time capsule of NYC in the early 90s.

by Anonymousreply 4002/16/2021

Wow, that's Eric now?? R17?

I saw him a couple of times in the village years and years ago. He was always with this very plain looking asian girl, both dressed like hobos, both times.

by Anonymousreply 4102/16/2021

[quote] The problem is that they are older and hopefully wiser now. They will probably not be "outrageous" and just be middle-aged. What will they talk about? What kind of reading glasses they use?

People who do these shows are not the norm, dear. That being said, people want Jerry Springer reality shows like the Housewives. It’s hard to live up to that crap.

by Anonymousreply 4202/16/2021

[quote] Eric Nies is packin’! He was always so hot.

Packing a jelly bean?

by Anonymousreply 4302/16/2021

Is Norm still HIV+?

by Anonymousreply 4402/16/2021

He wasn't r44.

by Anonymousreply 4502/16/2021

Eric was overrated. I always thought the rocker guy was the hottest one.

by Anonymousreply 4602/16/2021

I never watched season 1 when it aired, but they broadcast a marathon for the 20th anniversary and I couldn't believe HOW BORING IT WAS!!!!

It is amazing how far reality TV has come BUT how quickly they figured out how to tweak the formula. I watched Real World San Francisco, when it aired back when I was in college, (which I think was season 2 or 3) and it was much more interesting and WAY MORE dramatic.

by Anonymousreply 4702/16/2021

why didn't they wait until next year so it would be exactly 30 years? Odd to do it 29 years later

and LMFAO @ Eric Nies. For the last 2 decades he's railed against MTV and being in the entertainment business saying they burned him. Now he's suddenly back in for a reunion? Times must be tough financially or he's just full of shit

by Anonymousreply 4802/16/2021

R28 forehead reduction/hair transplant

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by Anonymousreply 4902/17/2021

The early seasons of Real World were like Melrose Place before Heather Locklear joined. The show was more character and message driven. Once they introduced booze and partying and let go of the idea of the cast sharing their story it was tacky and trashy. Catnip for the MTV demographic.

by Anonymousreply 5002/17/2021

Aging is the cruelest punishment, because it goes on forever.

by Anonymousreply 5102/17/2021

[quote]According to MTV, "the original seven strangers will revisit the shocking moments and explosive issues that transpired during the historic season and discuss how they parallel in today's social climate."

They need to finally - FINALLY - tell us what the fuck happened during that argument between Julie and Kevin that made her no longer willing to be alone with him ever again. All these years and they still haven't spit it out.

by Anonymousreply 5202/17/2021

Surprise anal from BBC???

by Anonymousreply 5302/17/2021

Kevin was such a pompous asshole.

by Anonymousreply 5402/17/2021

R52 He threw candlesticks at her. He admitted this years ago.

by Anonymousreply 5502/17/2021

Remember when Eric admitted to Julie that his great body and modeling work was due to steroids? That was fun.

by Anonymousreply 5602/17/2021

I remember Julie saying she didn't know how Eric figured so prominently on the show being he was so rarely in the house.

by Anonymousreply 5702/17/2021

I’m not from California. I saw Eric playing volleyball in Santa Monica... looked pretty good... at least 20 years ago and met Norm at a party in Laguna about 5 years ago... wasn’t overly impressed with Norm

by Anonymousreply 5802/17/2021

Never watched any of those shows on MTV except the music award shows

by Anonymousreply 5902/17/2021

Norm lived in San Francisco for a while back in the 90s and went to my gym. He was certainly full of himself.

by Anonymousreply 6002/17/2021

[quote]He was certainly full of himself.

Did you talk to him?

by Anonymousreply 6102/17/2021

Sad and pathetic.

by Anonymousreply 6202/17/2021

[quote]Eric looks better now than he did the last time the earl Real World-ers reunited. He looked like had too much sun and was a beach bum. Now he's a crunchy granola type.

He's not looking all that good - that hair.

by Anonymousreply 6302/17/2021

I hope they reunite New Orleans 2000. That cast was perfect!

by Anonymousreply 6402/17/2021

R61 Yes. I got the impression he saw himself as better than the other SF gays. He was an ARTIST.

by Anonymousreply 6502/17/2021

[quote] Yes. I got the impression he saw himself as better than the other SF gays. He was an ARTIST.

You did talk to him. He always seemed rather pleasant in interviews. Hm.

by Anonymousreply 6602/17/2021

My favorite seasons were Boston and Seattle. I would love to see a reunion between Stephen and Irene!

by Anonymousreply 6702/17/2021

[quote][R52] He threw candlesticks at her. He admitted this years ago.

Never saw that. And I looked.

by Anonymousreply 6802/17/2021

I liked the original RW NY ...it just declined form there except for San Francisco. The others were just lame.

by Anonymousreply 6902/17/2021

Even New Orleans R69?

by Anonymousreply 7002/17/2021

R68 Years ago he wrote an article admitting he was a domestic abuser. I believe that’s when the info came out.

by Anonymousreply 7102/17/2021

From the last line of the Bio of Kevin Powell

[quote] in Episode 11, has a heated argument with Julie, who says he threatened her with a candlestick holder. He denies this, and sees the reaction of the cast members who took her side as being influenced at least in part by race.

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R51 no it doesn't

by Anonymousreply 7302/17/2021

[quote] cast members who took her side

He’s the one who became aggressive and violent. Why shouldn’t the other cast members take her side?

by Anonymousreply 7402/17/2021

ALL GLOCKS DOWN, BITCHES!

by Anonymousreply 7502/17/2021

Ahhhhh! How did I not see this until now? I’m ready!

by Anonymousreply 7602/17/2021

Did Heather ever confess that her pager was used in drug deals?

by Anonymousreply 7702/17/2021

Terrible cast. Later seasons of the show were much better.

by Anonymousreply 7802/17/2021

I remember when they pulled this stupid prank on Kevin where the other roommates switched personalities. It was like something from a bad sitcom.

by Anonymousreply 7902/17/2021

Agreed Ruthie, you little lush.

LA, San Francisco, Miami, Seattle made NY look like an old folks home in real time.

by Anonymousreply 8002/17/2021

[quote] Aging is the cruelest punishment, because it goes on forever.

[quote] no it doesn't

Yes, it does. None of us are getting younger. It has always been that way and will most likely never change. Hence, it will stay that way forever.

by Anonymousreply 8102/17/2021

NY was the first and captured something the other seasons, though great in their own ways, couldn’t.

by Anonymousreply 8202/17/2021

LA and Miami were two of the worst seasons of all

by Anonymousreply 8302/17/2021

I saw the London season and don't remember a thing about it.

by Anonymousreply 8402/17/2021

[quote]My favorite seasons were Boston and Seattle. I would love to see a reunion between Stephen and Irene!

I didn’t like Stephen but I hated Irene.

Thinking back, I skipped a lot of seasons. These are the ones I watched:

NY

LA

San Francisco

Boston

Seattle

Hawaii

Las Vegas

Paris

The LA season was the worst and I don’t remember much about Paris.

by Anonymousreply 8502/17/2021

I can’t believe Real World isn’t on demand anywhere. I would love to watch the older seasons. Such time capsules.

by Anonymousreply 8602/17/2021

Oh...

[quote] Multiple seasons of The Real World and its spinoffs are available to stream now on CBS All Access

Good to know.

by Anonymousreply 8702/17/2021

I blame this show and Bravo for the downfall of American culture.

by Anonymousreply 8802/17/2021

Bravo has one show that I loved, [italic]Work of Art: The Next Great Artist[/italic]

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by Anonymousreply 8902/19/2021

r89. Loved the first season. It was produced by DL's favorite horse: Sarah Jessica Parker.

The second season had Sucklord (famous for painting Star Wars Stormtroopers pink). It was so funny watching the auctioneer host say his name on TV.

Around that time they also had a hilariously bad show about NY socialites called Gallery Girls. It was the best hate-watching experience I've ever had. Sucklord had a guest appearance, of course.

by Anonymousreply 9002/19/2021

My favorite moment from all the Real Worlds was in Miami, when the one girl's jealous Cuban boyfriend appeared in some incredibly tight jeans. I'd like a framed picture of that butt, if any of you have a cap!

by Anonymousreply 9102/19/2021

Julie (NY) was the original "Hayseed" roommate. Seems like every season had to have a Hayseed.

by Anonymousreply 9202/19/2021

There was a hayseed and a virgin (or 2) for what, the first 3 seasons?

I admit I will watch the fuck out of this. I always liked Julie and Heather. Norman too.

by Anonymousreply 9302/19/2021

R87 I looked on cbs all access - available seasons right now are NY 1, LA, SF, London, then it skips to Las Vegas1 and has a bunch of the later ones I had no interest in. Sad as I would have subscribed just for Seattle, Boston, Hawaii & Miami access.

by Anonymousreply 9402/19/2021

R04 I wonder why they haven’t made the four you mentioned available. I grew bored after those, which were pretty great.

Anywho, I’m making my way through season 1 and absolutely loving it.

by Anonymousreply 9502/19/2021

Miami was funny!

by Anonymousreply 9602/19/2021

I love the photo. I forgot how everybody wore "mom jeans" in the early 90s, even men.

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by Anonymousreply 9702/19/2021

R94 I read somewhere certain seasons were not streaming because of music rights/$$? Why not strip out the music?

by Anonymousreply 9802/20/2021

That dude with the long hair looks like some sour puss lezy.

by Anonymousreply 9902/20/2021

There was a season 0 of the Real World that was filmed that was either just a pilot or an entire season that was rejected. One of the cast members was Tracy Grandstaff who would later go on to voice Daria in Beavis and Butthead and the Daria spinoff.

by Anonymousreply 10002/20/2021

I hope Heather B is working on some new music.

by Anonymousreply 10102/20/2021

I would like to see the hot mess Seattle cast reunite. Irene made me cringe.

by Anonymousreply 10202/22/2021

They did have a transexual on the show in later seasons it was the same season as uber hot model scott - who ended up loaning her money to keep her apartment. I was actually cast on RW LA - the second season. I worked for CBS at the time and the producer I worked for new Mary Alice Bunim and he introduced me to her telling her she should cast me on the show. I auditioned and got told they were going to use me, then they changed on the last few cast members. Then one of the shows people was leaving and another got kicked out so they called saying I could be on the show but the cast was going to pick. By then I was over it and lost any desire to be on TV. My boss told me ( I am in PR ) that it would kill my career if I went in front of the camera.

by Anonymousreply 10302/22/2021

Lol ^^.

by Anonymousreply 10402/22/2021

R103, I was almost in the Hawaii season.

I was taking a summer course with a casting agent from Bunim/Murray and she wanted to get me on the show. I was 21 at the time and thought it might be fun to spend a few months in Hawaii and get out of the Valley.

Then I thought long and hard about how those RW people never go anywhere after appearing and got cold feet.

Glad I did cause I remember that cast being particularly obnoxious and I would have either had a complete meltdown on air or just withdrew into myself (as I tend to do when there is conflict) and either way that shit would have followed me for years.

Definitely not worth it.

by Anonymousreply 10502/22/2021

Fascinating, R100! Never knew that.

by Anonymousreply 10602/22/2021

I remember that back in the 90s lots of people thought Janeane Garofalo was the voice of Daria.

by Anonymousreply 10702/22/2021

R25 The Real World Hawaii was already all about hooking up, getting drunk, getting naked and partying

by Anonymousreply 10802/23/2021

Real World Miami was also not socially conscious. They just sat around all day creating drama and never got their business off the ground

by Anonymousreply 10902/23/2021
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