Facebook and MTV are revamping 'The Real World'

Angelo Anderson
October 18, 2018

Facebook Watch is about to remind us what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real. The series plans to use the social network's global reach of over one billion users to reinvigorate the show, which brought together several strangers to live together in a house while filming the interactions and drama that result.

The company's head of video Paresh Rajwat said Facebook Watch - which began to be rolled out in the U.S. past year - was now available across the world, with "the time people spend on it increasing by 14 times since".

Facebook is creating three new seasons of the reality show that stuck strangers together in a house - shooting one each in Mexico, Thailand and the United States - and will debut them next spring. Also "tape" doesn't even exist anymore.

The announcement was made by Matthew Henick, Facebook's Head of Content Planning and Strategy, Paresh Rajwat, Facebook's Director of Product Management, and Chris McCarthy, President of MTV, during Facebook Watch's presentation at MIPCOM 2018. Studios is teaming with Facebook's streaming service to re-launch the popular reality show for a whole new generation. Celebrated for its diverse casting and honest portrayal of contemporary young adulthood, Real World generated conversations that reverberated loudly though media and youth culture.

News of the reboot comes during a nostalgic time for the network, who recently announced the reboot of The Hills, which is set to air almost a decade after the reality series ended. For example, viewers can vote one housemate onto the show before it officially premieres. Facebook Watch will release scenes daily from coming episodes leading into a weekly half-hour premiere. Nested in the new "Watch" tab in the Facebook app, the platform has managed to attract moderate attention, but in order to turn into the popular video platform that the company is hoping for, it's going to need a harder push.

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