Can 'Real World: Washington, D.C.' really follow 'Real World: Cancun'?

The Real World: Cancun debuts at the end of this month, with drinking, crying, screaming, and tepid bisexuality. Sure, you can see that at, oh, any bar on a Saturday night, but you can also see it on MTV. But I guess I'm not the only one who's getting too old for tired of these party-only seasons, because up next, MTV will be taking its eight strangers to Washington, D.C. Jeeze louise, even reality television has Obama fever.

Yes, the 23rd* season of the show will be filmed in our nation's capital, and MTV is claiming it will depict a "different lifestyle." Hmm. I say "hmm" to you, MTV, because despite all that tepid bisexuality I've witnessed on your network, I'm really not sure you can have it both ways. Can you go from a season whose entire function is as a spring break product placement (check out the Cancun teaser below) to one even vaguely about politics? I'm getting youth culture whiplash here, MTV.

I know even the most shallow and predictable Real World cast members contain multitudes, and boozing and voting are hardly mutually exclusive (surely I'm not the only person to participate in a debate-geared drinking game). But can The Real World change its stripes…again? It already transitioned from its 1990s crunchiness into its current, less earnest format. Do viewers even want it to go back?

What do you think, PopWatchers? Will The Real World: Washington, DC look like all the other recent seasons, or might there be actual politics in play?

*OMG I am so old


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  • Wojo

    As long as their vacation destination is Iraq, I’m all for a politically-charged Washington D.C. season.

  • Washingtonian

    love the real world, but check out the response on facebook, myspace ect, young people in DC don’t want TRW to move in.

  • mike

    Two questions: Does MTV select anyone who isn’t an on the edge drug or alcohol abuser? and is this show and network still on the air?

  • Kip

    I’m with you. I will be skipping Cancun. I want TRW to go back to “real” people not just those who want to get invited to a RW/RR challenge.

  • dc politico

    The idea that MTV could get any of their RWers a legit politico job is nonsense. No office I’ve ever worked in would willingly submit to having cameras follow them around or be associated with MTV.

  • dc politico

    No office I’ve ever worked for would associate themselves with the Real World. Every reality show trying to film here right now is running into the same problems- no one with any sort of legit job or organization would submit to being on reality tv. I can’t imagine they’d get any political job other than Rock the Vote.

  • Travis

    Two words: Lew Insky :)

  • Mister F

    Well, the Real World Brooklyn was actually very respectable, and I’m actually thinking the producers were kinda bored by the lack of real drama going in the house.

  • Vance

    Brooklyn was actually pretty great and I didn’t want to throw a bottle at anybody (even Chet!). Of course, because people actually seemed normal, there were only 13 eps in the one time I wanted more. Figures…

  • Robb

    I miss the old Real Worlds, where the people were real. This new RealWorld seems like Real World Las Vegas Part 8. I mean, every cast since then has been pretty much the same, sans Brooklyn, who tried to be different.
    Im tired of the typical “hot party girls who get wasted nightly and scream at each other while they vomit” sitting beside the “overly muscular roid head with drinking and anger issues”. We already have a ‘Bad Girls Club’ and ‘Tool Academy’.
    Thanks, Real World, for being as fake as can be… wake me up when they offer repeats of ‘New Orleans’, ‘Hawaii’, ‘Back to New York’, or even ‘Boston’.

  • Mike

    Brooklyn was a throwback to the early version of Real World – you know, the version where people had jobs and aspirations and didn’t spend the whole day drinking, laying around and partying. Yeah, you get more manufactured drama, but everybody becomes a caricature of themselves. The rowdier and more Jerry Springer-like the seasons are, the less I actually remember the people long term- because really, they just become interchangeable screaming, partying bodies with no real personality.

  • Elizabeth

    I know its more of a Real World/Road Rules challenge kind of a thing as it would be a ‘challenge’, but I’d love to see them do a “dry” season. I enjoy the trainwreck as much as everyone else, but wouldn’t be a complete switch up to see young people trying to become adults and figure out their place in the world without a little help from The Captain and his friends? People can be straight up crazy without alcohol.

  • Bree

    ugh! As a young professional currently living/working in DC… i REALLY don’t want RW here … and I can also vouch that no government or political agency or company is going to hire an MTV Reality show for real jobs.

  • Owen

    There have been two really good, if not great RW’s in the last six or seven years. Sydney, though a typical drink fueled season, had a Muslim girl who was pitched against a bunch of truly EVIL girls, awful things, and when she won out it was truly great television (like when Gokey was finally defeated). Oh, and it has Isaac, the coolest guy EVER on RW. The virtues of Brooklyn have already been stated. I’ll watch the new season, and hope there is some true “real” in the Real World Cancun. Not counting on it, but DC sounds like it has possibilities.

  • 227

    23rd season?? I agree Margaret, I feel old too and am embarrassed at how many of those seasons I’ve watched. A new direction is a great idea. For so long they have been attempting to “out-slut” the previous cast!

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