MTV’s ‘The Real World’ Revival With Original Cast Headed To Paramount+ To Kick Off Launch

MTV’s The Real World is returning to kick off the March 4 launch of Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ rebranded streaming service. The first Real World installment will reunite the original New York cast in the iconic NYC loft for The Real World Homecoming: New York.

In the multi-episode docuseries, the original seven strangers will revisit the shocking moments and explosive issues that transpired during the historic season and discuss how they parallel in today’s social climate. After spending decades apart, viewers will reconvene with New York housemates Becky Blasband, Andre Comeau, Heather B. Gardner, Julie Gentry, Norman Korpi, Eric Nies and Kevin Powell to find out how the series transformed their lives since the cameras stopped rolling and to find out, once again, what happens when they stop being polite… and start getting real.

“MTV’s The Real World has been credited with creating the Reality TV genre and was one of the first series that tackled important and yet unrepresented topics of the time, from HIV/AIDS, Race, Gender, Orientation and Religion,” said Chris McCarthy, President of MTV Entertainment Group. “With Paramount+ being the home to so many global reality hit franchises, it seems only fitting to bring back the franchise and cast that started it all.”

Created for MTV by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim of Bunim/Murray Productions, The Real World was the first reality series on television. It helped shape a generation and sought to spotlight culturally resonant stories such as HIV/AIDS, race, sexual orientation, mental health and addiction, including one of the first LGBTQ+ relationships documented on a TV series, the first televised same-sex commitment ceremony, and its unforgettable portrayal of Pedro Zamora’s battle with HIV.

Celebrated for its diverse casting and honest portrayal of contemporary young adulthood, The Real World illustrated a simple yet powerful idea of connecting people from widely divergent backgrounds to find common ground on the issues that divided them and generated conversations that reverberated loudly through media and youth culture.

Sitarah Pendelton-Eaglin, Candida Boyette-Clemons and Nadim Amiry executive produce for MTV Entertainment Studios. Jonathan Murray, Julie Pizzi, Erica Ross, Kevin Lee and Trish Gold executive produce for Bunim/Murray Productions. Jacob Lane is co-executive producer and George Verschoor is consulting producer.

Paramount+ will be home to some of ViacomCBS’ biggest hit reality franchises include Love & Hip Hop, Love Island, Rupaul’s Drag Race, The Amazing Race, Survivor, The Challenge, Big Brother, Jersey Shore and more.

Multiple seasons of The Real World are available to stream now on CBS All Access, soon to be rebranded as Paramount+.

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