MTV Announces 'Real World' Reboot to Air on Facebook Watch

MTV Real World
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After coming off the air last year for its 32nd season, The Real World has found its new home: Facebook’s fledgling streaming platform Facebook Watch.

MTV announced today that the classic reality show will officially be rebooted in spring 2019 with three new seasons that will take place in Mexico, Thailand, and the United States. Pre-production is already underway.

Facebook announced the partnership at the European media trade show MIPCOM?.

The Real World revival was originally announced with the launch of MTV Studios this past June. MTV Studios, the network’s arm dedicated to rebooting its classic material, has plans to revive Daria, The Hills, Aeon Flux, and other MTV staples from previous generations. 

But unlike MTV's revival of Jersey Shore, which aired on the network, The Real World is the first network's foray into a collaboration with a streaming platform.

The upcoming Real World reboot promises to introduce new features on Facebook Watch to foster audience interactivity with the show. Viewers, for example, can vote one housemate onto the show before it officially premieres.

“MTV’s The Real World helped to define a generation and created a new genre of television with a simple yet powerful idea of connecting people from wildly divergent backgrounds to find common ground on the issues that often divided them,” says MTV President Chris McCarthy. “By partnering with Facebook Watch and BMP, we have the opportunity to impact culture and create a new genre of television all over again, while engaging the next generation of content consumers around the world.”

Real World broke ground when it debuted in 1992, telling hot-button stories of homophobia, HIV/AIDS, addiction, and racial discrimination, and paving the way for modern reality TV.