MTV’s groundbreaking reality series The Real World is returning with three new seasons. MTV Studios is teaming up with Facebook Watch on the upcoming new seasons of the series, and they’re targeting a spring 2019 premiere via the new platform.
The new seasons will be set in Mexico, Thailand, and the United States. Pre-production is currently underway in each of the locations.
Details on the collaboration between MTV, Facebook Watch, and The Real World were unveiled during the MIPCOM 2018 Facebook Watch presentation. The new seasons will be co-produced by series creators Bunim/Murray Productions and MTV Studios.
“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,” stated Chris McCarthy, President of MTV. “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.”
The three The Real World seasons will “introduce interactive social and community features that empower fans to shape the action and connect across mobile, desktop and Facebook’s TV app,” per MTV.
Additional details on the show’s Facebook Watch integration were also announced during the presentation:
“The social conversation on Facebook Watch will power the audience experience in the new seasons 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. Facebook Watch will also release daily drops of scenes from forthcoming episodes leading into the weekly half-hour premiere. Additional social elements will be introduced prior to launch and throughout the seasons.”