The Real World, MTV's long running reality television show is returning to San Francisco this season. And much as the first time the show was set here, it's not afraid to delve into the deepest depths of the personal and the political. Much as in 1994, when the show focused on Pedro Zamora, an openly gay, HIV-positive man, the Real World is unafraid of asking the tough questions. Like, what's up with your ex and stuff?
According to Entertainment Weekly, in the new season of the show, after one month of living together the seven cast members will be lured out of the house for a day trip, only to return to discover that their exes have moved in.
Says the show co-creator, Jonathan Murray, “When The Real World went on the air in ’92 you put seven diverse people together and you get conflict, and out of that conflict would come change, and then you have a story. Now that it’s 21 years or so later, maybe we’re a bit of a victim of our own success. Diversity is a fact of life today. A lot of young people date people of different races, or have friends who are gay. The world has changed.”
Some of those conflicts and stories, according to the article, include "one person the person who’s really close friends with the ex, the one that’s always getting texts from his ex, etc." The etc., presumably, does not include the one person whose ex is looked in a twin struggle against a death-sentence disease and social prejudice and whose life will ultimately serve as a powerful inspiration to countless others like him, because the world has changed and the ratings are way down.
The title of the new season? Real World: Ex-Plosion. You're welcome.