We’ve been waiting for some conversation surrounding The Real World season 33 for quite some time, and we have it now via a surprising medium.
This week, Facebook Watch confirmed that they will be bringing three separate seasons, set within the United States, Mexico, and Thailand to the surface. This is a pact made with MTV Studios (who has started to license off established franchises to other networks / streaming providers) and Bunim-Murray Productions. Basically, the idea here seems to be to give the series a new life via a new medium where young people actually are.
While we imagine that this new iteration of The Real World is going to be fundamentally similar to the first 32 seasons, there will also be differences. This will be a half-hour format that works to interact and engage audiences like never before, and take advantage of the unique social-networking platform. It’s basically just another experiment that is out there to see if there is a path to success beyond traditionall television.
On one level, we think that this could very much work given that getting viewers to watch The Real World on MTV over the past couple of years hasn’t worked anywhere near as well. Yet, at the same time is Facebook really thought of as a network for young people anymore? While they do still have an enormous young user-base, typically we hear more about Twitter and especially Instagram these days as catering to a young, mobile audience of viewers.
Still, it’s a gamble and a smart one to make. What we’re especialyl curious about is whether or not shifting to a mobile / streaming platform will actually allow The Real World to be even more real, at least when it comes to the language that is often used by some of the house-mates.
New episodes are supposed to enter production at some point in 2019, so this is certainly something to circle back on in due time.
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