“The Real World” is headed to Facebook.
The groundbreaking reality series will be revived at the social media company with three new seasons in the U.S., Mexico and Thailand. The “re-imagined” version of the show, now titled “MTV’s The Real World” is set to debut in spring 2019.
Original producers Bunim/Murray will return to co-produce alongside the newly created MTV Studios.
A pioneer in the reality TV genre back when it first premiered in 1992, “The Real World” ran for 32 seasons with the same basic premise — the true story of seven strangers picked to live in a house to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real — and was hailed for its groundbreaking portrayals of issues like alcohol and drug abuse, race, religion, sexuality and homophobia.
MTV has not aired a new season since 2016’s “Real World Seattle: Bad Blood.”
Facebook content execs Matthew Henick and Paresh Rajwat first announced the news of the reboot at the international television trade show MIPCOM on Tuesday.
“The Real World made history as the world’s first original reality show and trailblazing social experiment — and we’re thrilled to reboot the show for today’s audiences — representing and amplifying the real life, real people, real places and real social tensions of each country,” said Henick.
Added MTV president Chris McCarthy, “MTV’s The Real World helped to define a generation and created a new genre of television with a simple yet powerful idea of connecting people from wildly divergent backgrounds to find common ground on the issues that often divided them. 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.”
Watch a teaser for the reboot below: