MTV Rebooting "The Real World" for Facebook Watch



The new rebooted Real World will premier on Facebook Watch in spring 2019.

Like the original, the rebooted show turns on the moment when "seven strangers put together stop being polite and start being real", said Facebook's content and strategy chief Matthew Henick.

The three new seasons will be filmed in Mexico, Thailand and the USA respectively, and will incorporate interactive elements via Facebook's platform that will "empower fans to shape the action" according to a press release from the two companies. The show's original producers, Bunim/Murray Productions, are "co-producing" with MTV Studios.

The social media giant said it was also trying to harness the formidable online power of the "cute kitten" factor with a new show called "World's Most Amazing Dog" on its new Facebook Watch platform.

Rajwat said Facebook Watch was "completely open" and was already being used by broadcasters, with new contestants on Germany's "X Factor" recently being introduced to fans on the platform before they made their TV debuts.

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The Real World, inspired by the 1973 PBS series An American Family, first premiered in 1992 and ran for 32 seasons, coming to an end on January 4, 2017.

As the teaser below shows, real life, real people and hot topics are coming - with a twist. Instead, it'd go somewhere where the show could "stay totally pure to the clean idea of what Real World was without having to bastardize it in order to make it work for traditional cable".

Per TV Line, "This new Real World will offer multiple interactive opportunities for viewers; not only will fans get to vote on one person to join the house before the season begins, but they will also be able to connect with the cast via Facebook Live, Premieres and Watch Party".

That brings us to The Real World. "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".

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