I know how old this is going to make me sound, but does anyone else remember when The Real World was good? And, you know, real? Mostly the first season.
Look at that. Black turtlenecks tucked into white jeans. Eric Nies’ hair. Andre! Amazing.
I just needed to remind you that The Real World was once worthy of out affections before telling you about the morally bankrupt, Jersey Shore/ Big Brother bastard that the show has become. After 29 seasons, the showrunners have decided that the show needs a twist. Specifically: confronting the housemates with embarrassing secrets from their past by asking the housemates’ “skeleton” to move into the house.
Seven strangers move into an old nightclub turned fabulous urban loft in Chicago’s West Loop, looking forward to high times in the Windy City — leaving their hometowns behind. But each of these roommates has skeletons in their closets - shattered lives, broken relationships, estranged family members, and dark secrets. They soon discover they cannot run away from their past mistakes; unresolved issues and abhorrent behavior will resurface as the ‘last person on earth they wanted to see,’ comes knocking on their door.
That doesn’t sound painful to watch.
But don’t worry, guys. This isn’t about a multinational corporation taking advantage of young, narcissistic wannabes by exposing their darkest secrets for entertainment and profit. This is all about growth.
Each episode, a new skeleton literally arrives on their doorstep to stay in the house, forcing each roommate to deal with their past lives. Visiting skeletons reveal surprising details about each of the seven roommates, exposing their secrets, their loves, and their ultimate desire to overcome the mistakes of their past. Full of tears, laughter, conflict, and romance; this groundbreaking season of Real World will be like no other.
See? And here I was being cynical. Because clearly the housemates want to resolve their painful mistakes by being forced into a confrontation on tv. And the showrunners get that.
“No one wants their worst enemy or embarrassing past moving in with them, but by facing your past you actually grow, and that growth, however painful it may be, is what makes this season of The Real World so watchable,” Jonathan Murray, Creator and Executive Producer of “The Real World,” said in a statement.
Actually, Jonathan Murray, it sounds like you’re showing a blatant lack of concern for the housemates mental and emotional health by flippantly disregarding how painful these confrontations might be. But this is a tv dynasty. Clearly your legal department has done their due diligence. You wouldn’t risk being held responsible for a physical altercation in the midst of all this “growth.”
A cast member named Bruno, for one, will have to share a roof with his estranged brother Briah, with whom he hasn’t spoken in three years. And if that wasn’t enough, Briah once told Bruno that he wished Bruno had died in a car accident that nearly took his life. Yikes!
Yeah. “Yikes” should cover it.