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It was the show that changed reality TV forever! Seven complete strangers were picked to live in a house and have their lives filmed for all to see. And did we mention the rules? They were told to "stop being polite and start getting real." Yes, we're talking about MTV's The Real World series. More than two decades after the first season aired, original members Norman Korpi, Julie Gentry and Heather B. Gardner are sitting down in the very same New York City building they filmed in for more than three months. As it turns out, everything is still so real. "We shot this show for 13 weeks," Gardner shared on Sunday's new episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? »
Reality TV changed forever back in 1992, when MTV premiered the first season of "The Real World."Before it became a debaucherous series filled with alcohol-induced hot tub make out sessions and over-the-top brawls, the show was a social experiment that tackled everything from race to sexuality in a way that hadn't really been done before for young audiences.With Season 30 making its debut on the network last night (yes, 30!), three stars from the show's first season returned to their now-infamous loft 22 years later.Heather B., Norman Korpi and Julie Gentry reunited for this Sunday's "Oprah: Where Are They Now?," airing Sunday, December 21 at 9pm Et/Pt on Own: Oprah Winfrey Network.MTV VJ Jesse Camp Resurfaces -- See Him Now!"We shot this show for 13 weeks. We lived here, we hung out, we talked, we cried, we partied, we fought," Heather says in the preview clip. "Eric [Nies] told us »
- tooFab Staff
This is the true story… about the original cast members of MTV's The Real World returning to their New York City loft this Sunday, Dec. 21, on Own. The cast that comprised of seven strangers — Norman Korpi, Julie Gentry, Becky Blasband, Kevin Powell, Andre Comeau, Heather Gardner, and Eric Nies — made history in 1992, when the first season of The Real World debuted. A phenom when it first aired, the series spawned 29 additional season in other cities, plus spin-offs, including Road Rules and The [...] »
After last season's The Real World experiment—when MTV decided to employ a twist for the first time since the show's inception 29 years earlier—the reality show is throwing its seven new cast members a curve ball when season 30 heads to Chicago for The Real World: Skeletons. Except this time, instead of bringing each of the cast members' exes to live in the house for the entire season, The Real World is taking things one step further and bringing the absolute last person each roommate wants to see and having them live in the loft anywhere for a few days up to a whole week. That means exes, ex-BFFs, estranged family members and much, much more are all fair game. So why did the MTV reality show »
What started as a novel concept – seven strangers picked to live in a house to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real –when The Real World first premiered on MTV has become a new reality altogether.
“When we started this back in ’92, none of us had any idea it would continue even maybe past the first season,” creator Jonathan Murray (aka the “Father of Reality TV”) tells ETonline.
In the 29 seasons since Murray and production partner Mary-Ellis Bunim created the show, reality TV has evolved from sticking cameras in people’s faces into a highly conceptualized form of entertainment with people stranded on island, battling it out for a million dollars and California girls blurring the lines between reality and scripted television.
Ahead of the premiere of Real World: Skeletons, the long-running series’ 30th season, Murray talks to ETonline about the show’s biggest changes and what the deaths of longtime »
The next time I yell at my roommate for not washing the dishes I'll think of Time Lapse, which recently won the feature audience award at the inaugural Other Worlds Austin science-fiction movie festival. It made me realize that my roommate problems could be a whole lot worse.
The movie's about three twentysomethings with their heads in the clouds -- think The Real World meets a Tales From The Crypt version of Friends. There's Finn (my man Matt O'Leary), the sensitive painter; his doting would-be writer girlfriend Callie (Danielle Panabaker); and gambling addict bad boy Jasper (George Finn).
All appears to be well, at least stable, for our merry band of misfits, until the day Finn -- who's financially supporting himself as the apartment's manager -- goes to check on a mysterious elderly tenant and discovers a large, steampunk-esque camera pointed at his living-room window. He soon discovers that this »
- Jordan Gass-Poore'
4:30 Pm Pt -- Reverend Sharpton tells us he has questions about Hertenceia and her motives. He says, "I do not know that this Aunt has legal standing to speak for the family." He adds ... "When Kimberly asked us for help we responded because she had legal standing as his domestic partner and the mother of his child ... who is the next of kin." The family of the man who was shot to death in »
- TMZ Staff
This is not a good month for fans of MTV’s reality series, The Real World. A few weeks of Diem Brown passed away from cancer, now 29 year old Ryan Knight was found dead. TMZ reported the reality star was found at his friends house. No word on what caused his death or if they found anything that was curious about the cause. He did have a previous addition to pain pills before and reportedly partied the night before. No word though yet on if they found any on him.
This is very sad news as he was reportedly in a new relationship and was happy in life. It was also a holiday weekend that will likely be ruined for his loved ones. It looks like we will likely have to wait for more details such as an autopsy and a screen for drug abuse. In the meantime we are »
- Sarah Peel
The “Real World” family has lost another member.
MTV was unable to verify the reports independently, but has been posting condolences on its Twitter feed and related accounts.
— MTV (@MTV) November 28, 2014
According to TMZ, Knight was partying with friends Wednesday night in good spirits and ended up at a friend’s house. He was reportedly found dead by a friend the next morning. No cause of death has been announced yet.
- Alex Stedman
Ryan Knight, who appeared on MTV's The Real World: New Orleans in 2010 and The Challenge in 2013 died at the age of 29. The network announced on Thursday, "The Real World family has lost another member."
It was the second death of a Challenge cast member in November.
Ryan's girlfriend, Makenzie Jauer, then shared this heartbreaking post on Instagram, calling Ryan her "sweet angel."
I love you Ryan Knight. I am heartbroken, confused, hurt and most of all mad. The pain I am feeling now will never go away. You mean more to me than you will ever know & I never thought that I would spend a day without you. Every second with you was full of love and laughter. You were the brightest light in every room. You taught me not to care about what other people think and you made me understand that being myself was okay. Thank you for being inappropriate at the worst of times »
Update: MTV tells Us Weekly in a statement: "We are saddened to hear the news of the passing of Ryan Knight. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this difficult time."? ---- The Real World alum Ryan Knight has died at the age of 29, Us Weekly confirms. According to TMZ, who first reported his passing, the reality TV star was found dead by friends on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 27, after a night of partying. Knight, who was a castmate on the 2010 Real [...] »
The Real World alum Ryan Knight has died, TMZ is reporting. He was 29. The cause of death is not yet known, but TMZ's report says that Knight was out partying on Wednesday night and was found dead by friends on Thursday morning. "We are saddened to hear the news of the passing of Ryan Knight," said MTV in a statement. "Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this difficult time." Knight was the star of the 2010 New Orleans edition of the MTV reality show, and he later went on to feature on
- Abid Rahman
Booze-fueled hookups, brutal beat-downs and even a death threat ... yep, "The Real World" is back.The series returns for its 30th (!) season in December, once again plopping seven strangers into a house together for some serious drama, all teased in the first trailer above. The show is also returning to Chicago, the setting for its 11th season back in 2002.But, just like "The Real World: Explosion," this one also comes with a twist."The Real World: Skeletons" will start just like every other season ... but midway through the season, each cast member will have "the last person on earth they wanted to see" show up at the house to force them to confront "past mistakes and unresolved issues."Let's just say the surprises don't sit well with the cast members, as brawls and breakups start shaking things up inside the pimped-out loft. "Skeletons" premieres December 16.To celebrate the »
- tooFab Staff
The Real World may have started out as a social experiment to see what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real, but 30 seasons later, it's become an excuse for seven hot twentysomethings to have the time of their lives on camera. It's still as entertaining as ever, but the reality franchise has lost its deeper meaning: to explore issues that young adults deal with like diversity, religion, abortion, illness, sexuality, AIDS, death, politics, and substance abuse. But this season, The Real World: Skeletons is going to bring the MTV reality show back to its roots, and get real again. The season begins in the traditional way with seven strangers moving into an old nightclub turned »
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge franchise has become known for its recognizable and fan-favorite cast of returning favorites. Some competitors have even made a living and established a career based on their appearances on the MTV reality competition show. But one of the most amazing competitors that has ever been on the show was Diem Brown. Diem appeared on seven seasons of The Challenge, and was filming her eighth appearance on the upcoming season in Panama when she collapsed on set. Diem had been battling ovarian cancer since her diagnosis in 2003 until she passed away on Friday at age 32. One of the reasons Diem remains to be one of the greatest competitors to ever appear on The Challenge is »
Friends and former colleagues of Diem Brown, as well as other MTV alumni, are mourning the loss of the reality show star, who died at age 32 on Friday after battling cancer for the third time. Brown, who starred on several seasons of the Road Rules and The Real World spinoff The Challenge, was diagnosed with colon cancer several months ago after having already survived ovarian cancer—twice. Throughout her recent battle, her family and friends were by her side and many posted inspiring, heartwarming messages of support on social media, as well as links to her page on MedGift.com, the foundation she had created seven years ago to help people battling illnesses. Brown herself posted a »
Incredibly sad news today, as Diem Brown has passed away after a long battle with cancer.The MTV reality star and cancer advocate, who found fame on "The Real World/Road Rules Challenge" died Friday morning in New York City. She was 32.Brown was recently diagnosed with colon cancer after beating ovarian cancer twice.Diem was strong until the end, tweeting about her determination on Tuesday. "I Need PRAyErs and advice my doctors are seemingly giving up but I won't & can't rollover. Whatever option I have to Live I'm grabbing," she wrote.Just last week, Diem's longtime love Chris "Ct" Tamburello chose Brown as his "Woman Crush Wednesday on Instagram. "Your smile can change the world. It's not the other way around," he wrote, along with a photo of her big grin. Back in September, he shared another photo of her in her hospital bed ... the two holding hands as he slept by her bedside. »
- tooFab Staff
The portrayal of the Lgbt community on TV has come a long way since 1963, when NBC’s “Espionage” became the first drama series to use the word homosexual in a script.
On Wednesday night, the Paley Center’s L.A. Benefit Gala offered a look back at the last 50 years of programming and gathered small screen stars including Portia de Rossi, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Eric Stonestreet to celebrate TV’s impact on Lgbt equality. The fundraising event, held at the Skirball Cultural Center and sponsored by Honey Maid, chronicled the history of Lgbt images in television, from dramas and comedies to TV movies, miniseries and sports.
De Rossi, who was accompanied on the red carpet by her mother-in-law Betty DeGeneres, discussed her own personal struggles and growth as an actress and member of the Lgbt community.
“Ellen just texted me before we came out tonight and she reminded me »
- Andrea Seikaly
Fairy Quest: Outcasts #1
Story: Paul Jenkins
Art: Humberto Ramos
Color Art: Leonardo Olea
Lettering: Jim Campbell
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Imagine someone else wrote the story of your life, determined your character traits, and threatened to wipe your memories should you decide to deviate from your path. This is the world Little Red Riding Hood (Red) and Woof (The Big Bad Wolf) find themselves fleeing in Fairy Quest: Outcasts.
Red and the Woof have put their differences aside, and have become best friends. Unfortunately, that is not the relationship Mr. Grimm has in mind for them. Grimm demands every play their parts perfectly, unless of course, it is advantageous for Grimm and the Think Police to have you to act out of character. Picking up where Fairy Quest: Outlaws left off, Outcasts finds Red and Woof seeking out the Map Maker so that they can live together in peace in a »
- Elizabeth Rico
Endemol is losing a familiar face to Bunim/Murray Productions (Bmp). The Van Nuys-based entertainment company, known for reality TV shows like The Real World and Bad Girls Club, just hired John P. Roberts to fill its Chief Digital Officer position. Roberts will lead the digital division of Bunim/Murray with the goal of increasing the company’s multi-platform and digital productions for web, mobile, and connected device distribution. He’ll also pursue investments and opportunities to help grow Bmp and establish them as leaders in the digital production industry. Finally, Roberts will oversee Bmp’s VP of Digital Kesila Childers, who was promoted to the position from her role as Director of Digital Media. “With our continued commitment to innovation and engaging, ground-breaking storytelling, we are thrilled to bring John on board to lead Bmp Digital,” said Gil Goldschein, President of Bunim/Murray Productions, in the release. “His extensive »
- Bree Brouwer
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