Hey, remember when
For the upcoming 29th season of the long-running reality series, premiering Jan. 15, the network has cast the usual assortment of young and attractive people. But in an obvious bid to inject new life into the aging franchise and keep pace with its tawdry imitators, such as MTV's own
According to a news release from MTV, "This new living arrangement throws a wrench in the roommates love lives as jealousy, scandal, fights, hookups, breakups and makeups take over the house and everyone has to learn to live with one another."
The cast this season includes Jay, a commitment-phobic "heartthrob" from the Bronx who boasts 60,000
Over the years, "Real World" producers have tinkered slightly with the show's format. For a time, beginning with the Miami-set fifth season, each cast was given a season-long task or job to work on together. The producers have also mixed up the roommate formula, casting as many as eight housemates and sometimes including people who knew each other prior to the show (beginning with David and Nathan of the Seattle season.) But the surprise addition of exes to the cast represents the biggest shakeup so far in the 21-year history of the show.
Making the twist all the more unsavory, at least for '"Real World" purists, is that the upcoming season will be set in San Francisco, the city that played host to perhaps the most memorable installment of the series in 1994.
That year, the young and attractive cast included Pedro Zamora, a 22-year-old
From the looks of the trailer above, "Real World: Ex-Plosion," as the upcoming season has been dubbed, is unlikely to foster such understanding. But hey, you never know: Maybe the exes will gather 'round the hot tub for serious heart-to-heart discussions of public health policy in between body shots. Stranger things have happened.