MTV's 'The Real World' gets a reboot on Facebook Watch

Lawrence Kim
October 18, 2018

Facebook is teaming up with MTV for the relaunch, which will stream exclusively on its Watch service, reports Variety.

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.

The long-running reality series The Real World is getting three new seasons with an all-new approach, thanks to a partnership between MTV Studios and Facebook.

Over the summer, MTV Studios announced plans for reboots of older MTV shows like Daria, Aeon Flux and The Real World. 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". These shows wouldn't return to MTV itself, but rather be farmed out to streaming platforms, since streaming is the way of the future.

Facebook Watch, the massive social network's hub for video, is the latest to jump on the nostalgia bandwagon, with multiple revivals of MTV's The Real World. The Facebook community will have the ability to vote one housemate onto the show prior to air, and there will be unique opportunities for fans to connect with the cast through Facebook Live, Premieres, and Watch Party.

As the teaser below shows, real life, real people and hot topics are coming - with a twist.

Rival social network Snapchat last week announced that it was also creating original series, while Twitter were also on the French Riviera to trumpet how it was working with 150 major news, sports and entertainment organisations on video content. And like everything old, it will now be new again.

All three seasons will debut in the spring of 2019, and MTV's press release says "the new seasons will be native productions in Mexico, Thailand and the United States, respectively, to explore friendship, and the cultural and social environment in each".

MTV president Chris McCarthy said it's an opportunity to create a new genre of television.

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