Last night, The Challenge (a.k.a. MTV’s hybrid of Survivor and Temptation Island) made its way to Thailand for Rivals II, its 24th(!) season. As is the case with any event involving ginger terror Wes, there was plenty of hate going around. But my eyes were only on Wes’s partner CT. The jacked-up Bostonian was in rare form last night, briefly reigniting what Challenger Aneesa called “a classic love story” with ex-girlfriend Diem. READ FULL STORY
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The Real World is running our country. Literally. Twenty years to the day after Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray’s landmark MTV show debuted, its impact on American culture (not just pop) is pretty spectacular to behold. Sure, we could just discuss our favorite episodes and characters, but that wouldn’t get to the crux of the issue: This show actually matters. No, I’m not talking about its subsequent 26 seasons (26!) or its Kardashian-like spawning of spin-offs and D-list celebrities. I’m talking about the fact that The Real World is in Congress (U.S. Representative Sean Duffy, of the Boston season, right), in the court system, in cinemas, and of course on TV. Below, check out how the first major reality TV show still has a very Real impact.
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The 25th season of MTV’s stalwart reality series The Real World premiered last night, and while viewing, the only thing I could think was: Wow, this is so, so tame. I think that reaction stems mostly from the fact that other reality shows — namely things like network sibling Jersey Shore (which is basically a themed riff on The Real World) or even Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise — garner so much more buzz. Out of fairness to The Real World, I have to note that it was only just the first episode. The sometimes-tired introductions and casting bits must happen. (Although they were basically the same introductions we’ve seen before: The sheltered boy Adam, the hardened city girl Naomi, etc.)
There’s no doubt in my mind that things will certainly heat up as the season marches on — they always do — but you have to wonder whether a show like The Real World will ever recapture the kind of buzzy ridiculousness that its network sibling Jersey Shore has. There was a point in time where the antics of a group of strangers “picked to live in a house” garnered the kind of attention that other reality shows do now. But are three-way kisses, clubbing, and revelations about being a former porn star in Las Vegas (!) really that original anymore? READ FULL STORY
With all that’s going on the world, it’s kind of comforting that young naïve twentysomethings still want to document their drunken exploits on TV. Years ago I wanted to audition for The Real World (I was convinced I could be the Elka of City/Season To Be Determined Later), but life and discretion got in the way. Even though that desire has passed, it doesn’t mean I don’t want to watch a bunch of other crazies who actually had the guts to go through with it.
After 23 seasons, it’s still fun to see the excitement on the faces of these young people as they walk into the massive and fabulously decorated house that will be their home for the 3 months (didn’t it used to be 5?). Despite its recent low points, The Real World is the grandfather of all reality shows, and there is definitely a nostalgia factor that continues to draw viewers in (but probably not cast members, as many were just babies when the first season premiered in 1992). Yes, there are aspects of the show that are tired, dated, and boring (stereotyping the cast members from their audition tapes, the season locations, the idea of having “jobs,” or not having them), but last night’s premiere, set in a city MTV has been to before (who could forget David’s sexy ballad “Come on be my baby tonight”?), was actually pretty engaging. These whippersnappers may not know their Real World history, but they’re at least excited to be there. Here are my first impressions of the eight roommates: READ FULL STORY
Darryl Strawberry wanted to hear 'You're fired!' Where does he rank on the list of most memorable reality TV quitters?
On last night’s episode of Celebrity Apprentice, former New York Yankees slugger Darryl Strawberry made Donald Trump’s job much easier by telling him that he wanted to go home. (Don’t worry, Trump still got to utter the infamous “you’re fired,” though it was severely anti-climactic). When questioned by Trump, Strawberry attempted to play the martyr, offering to go home so undeserving project manager Michael Johnson would be spared. Trump and the rest of the contestants, especially Johnson himself, seemed confused, surprised, and less-than-confident that Strawberry was telling the truth, rather than just being tired, lazy, and completely uninterested in show.
The loss of Strawberry doesn’t appear to be that big of a loss to the reality TV staple. (But walking away from a chance to donate to his autism charity left fellow contestant Holly Robinson Peete fuming). EW’s Dalton Ross says it best: “Good riddance. Better someone useless and unentertaining, like Darryl, go than someone useless and hilarious, like Blago. See ya, Darryl, wouldn’t want to be ya. (Seriously, I really wouldn’t.).” Strawberry’s departure does, however, beg the question: What did he think he was getting himself into? What was he expecting (if anything) from joining the show? READ FULL STORY
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