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The Real World Revived for Paramount+


Paramount+ and MTV Entertainment Studios are bringing back the hit franchise The Real World, reuniting the original New York cast.

The Real World is credited with creating the reality TV genre and was one of the first series to tackle important and yet unrepresented topics such as LGBTQ, race, gender, HIV/AIDS 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 for the launch.”

The first Real World installment will reunite the original New York cast in the iconic NYC loft for The Real World Homecoming: New York, which will be available at launch on Paramount+ on March 4. In the multi-episode docuseries, the original seven strangers—Becky Blasband, Andre Comeau, Heather B. Gardner, Julie Gentry, Norman Korpi, Eric Nies and Kevin Powell—will revisit the shocking moments and explosive issues that transpired during the historic season and discuss how they parallel in today’s social climate.  

Created for MTV by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim of Bunim/Murray Productions, The Real World put a spotlight on culturally resonant stories, featuring one of the first LGBTQ+ relationships documented on a TV series, the first televised same-sex commitment ceremony and its portrayal of Pedro Zamora’s battle with HIV.

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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