The production converted a massive, 4000-square-foot duplex in Soho, cast seven cast members from 500 applicants, paid them ,600 for their time on the show.
The cast lived in the loft from February 16 to May 18, 1992.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the channel is giving the show a second chance at life.
MTV has apparently posted a casting notice for a new season the show.
MTV has toned down its music video programming significantly in recent years, and its programming now consists mainly of original reality, comedy and drama programming and some off-network syndicated programs and films, with limited music video programming in off-peak time periods.
who audition to live together in a house for several months, as cameras record their interpersonal relationships. The footage shot during the housemates’ time together was edited into 22-minute episodes for the first 19 seasons, and into 44-minute episodes beginning with The Real World: Hollywood, the series' 20th season. Bunim and Murray decided against this idea, and at the last minute, pulled the concept (and the cast) before it became the first season of the show.
The narration given over the opening title sequence used during the first 28 seasons by the seven housemates states some variation of the following: This is the true story... picked to live in a house...(work together) and have their lives taped... Tracy Grandstaff, one of the original seven picked for what has come to be known as "Season 0", went on to minor fame as the voice of the animated Beavis and Butt-Head character Daria Morgendorffer, who eventually got her own spinoff, Daria.
First broadcast in 1992, the show, which was inspired by the 1973 PBS documentary series An American Family, is the longest-running program in MTV history Seven to eight young adults are picked to temporarily live in a new city together in one residence while being filmed non-stop. The Real World was originally inspired by the popularity of youth-oriented shows of the 1990s like Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place.
The series was hailed in its early years for depicting issues of contemporary young-adulthood relevant to its core audience, such as sex, prejudice, religion, abortion, illness, sexuality, AIDS, death, politics, and substance abuse, but later garnered a reputation as a showcase for immaturity and irresponsible behavior indicative of the declining morals of contemporary youth. Bunim and Murray initially considered developing a scripted series in a similar vein, but quickly decided that the cost of paying writers, actors, costume designers, and make-up artists was too high.