Santa Monica, CA, December 4, 2008 – MTV takes “The Real World” back to its roots when the series turns 21 in Brooklyn beginning Wednesday, January 7 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. After successfully expanding the series to one-hour episodes last season, “The Real World: Brooklyn” welcomes eight roommates into the house as they discover who they really are and how false first impressions may be. As the cameras track their every movement, viewers also will have the opportunity to learn how the roommates continue to behave when the episode ends and hear first-hand accounts from the roommates themselves of what transpired through various sources, including RealWorldDailies.com and MTV.com. A tell-all special on the evolution of the landmark series, entitled “The Real World: Secrets Revealed,” airs Sunday, January 4 at 11:00 a.m. ET/PT. “The Real World: Brooklyn” is from reality powerhouse, Bunim-Murray Productions.
This is the true story of eight strangers… For the first time, “The Real World: Brooklyn” brings together eight (not seven) complex individuals from different cultural backgrounds under one roof. An Iraq war veteran, a former beauty queen, a hip hop dancing hippie, a punk rock Mormon, a dolphin trainer, a computer geek, an abs model and an advocate for victims of abuse all pursue their goals and dreams while debating issues facing today’s society. As they live with seven other people, the roommates will discover other cultures and lifestyles plus what kind of person they are – and want to become. Rather than band together for a job or activity like in recent seasons of “The Real World,” the roommates spend time exploring the city, pursuing career dreams and volunteering in the community, which is very reminiscent of the first season in New York. In addition, inside the house, there is the usual drama MTV viewers have come to expect: romances, misunderstandings, fights and assorted pranks on one another.
While 13 one-hour episodes will air on MTV, the action and drama will continue off-screen and exclusively online at The Real World Dailies site (www.realworlddailies.com). Beginning January 2, fans will have unprecedented access to uncensored and unedited clips from the filming of this season that will give viewers a front-row seat into the lives of eight strangers living together under one roof. Fans also can put on an editor’s hat and mash-up their own scenes, cutting together the footage to create their own favorite “Real World” action. Users then may submit their created scenes to be showcased on the site and entered into various contests. Executive Producer Jim Johnston will offer insight into what the producers were thinking with an exclusive behind-the-scenes blog each week.
Online at MTV.com, “The Real World: Brooklyn” website will offer exclusive cast and house photos, cast video profiles, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the eight roommates. Sneak peeks of upcoming episodes and two-minute episode recaps will be available plus previously-aired episodes to view online. Fans will have the chance to chat in real-time with the roommates via MTV’s social network site, IamOnMTV.com. Plus, people can chat with other viewers while checking out posted videos and photos from the show. In addition, music featured in each episode will be available to listen to at soundtrack.MTV.com.
As with season 20 in Hollywood, fans of the series will have the chance to choose who will live in the house for season 22. Casting for the next season is currently underway at RealWorldCasting.MTV.com with videos, blogs and photos of prospective roommates. Vote now through December 10 and be a part of “The Real World” casting process.
The first MTV series to broadcast in HD, “The Real World: Brooklyn” will be available for HD download on iTunes, beginning January 8. Plus, viewers may revisit previous seasons 18-20 (Denver, Sydney and Hollywood) for a reduced price. “The Real World: Brooklyn” also will be available for SD download on the XBox Live Marketplace and Amazon.com.
Meet the new Brooklyn cast:
Baya, 21 – Salt Lake City, UT
Raised by hippie parents, Baya’s laid-back granola vibe hides a deep passion for the hip-hop culture, especially when it comes to dancing. A very friendly and positive person, she continually feels like a fish out of water, which stems from growing up as a non-Mormon in a predominately Mormon Salt Lake City society. Baya, who is a DJ, aspires to be a professional hip-hop dancer and is determined not to allow her severe panic attacks to stand in her way as she searches for the best place to develop her craft. When she is not sweating to funky grooves or spinning music, Baya is dedicating her time and energy to social and environmental causes.
Chet, 23 – Salt Lake City, UT
Chet is not the typical punk rock party boy. Despite his tight jeans and affinity for neon clothing, this University of Utah frat boy is one of ten children in a devoted Mormon family. Recently single, Chet’s flamboyant style and energetic personality always make him the life of the party. However, this doesn’t mean that he will compromise his firm beliefs – no alcohol and no premarital sex. Chet may not chug beer with his fraternity brothers, but he will take care of them when they get drunk – and sometimes play a prank or two. A strong conservative Republican, he is not one to shy away from voicing his opinions or standing up for what he believes. Chet’s goal is to become a television host.
Devyn, 20 – Kansas City, MO
A winner of Miss Missouri Teen and Miss America Teen pageants, this beauty queen is the epitome of a “Diva.” Devyn may be easy on the eyes, but she’s tough on anyone who stands in her way. She lives for the lime light, whether it’s center stage or at the center of the club. Her flirtatious behavior allows her to get what she wants without having to give up anything – especially sex. Known as a tease, she lives by the quote: “It is easier to get into Heaven than into Devyn.” A theatre and music studies major at the University of South Florida, Devyn hopes to one day be a part of the entertainment industry. Devyn has no problem juggling multiple suitors at any given time; however, her mother and late grandmother, who taught her to be the moral woman she is today, hold the special place in her heart.
J.D., 22 – Miami Beach, FL
Life wasn’t always smooth sailing for JD, who grew up in an abusive home in Orlando, FL. At the young age of five, JD was inspired to become a dolphin trainer after a trip to SeaWorld where a passion for animal training and marine mammals instantly developed. JD knew he had to work hard to achieve his dreams, which motivated him to swim competitively in high school. Despite his rough childhood, JD found the courage to move to South Florida and attend the University of Miami – and became one of the youngest dolphin trainers at Miami Seaquarium at the tender age of 19. He continues to live wholeheartedly by the motto “work hard, to play hard.”
Katelynn, 24 – West Palm Beach, FL
Katelynn is a native of West Palm Beach and was raised in a religious Italian household, where she dreamed of being as good of a mother to her children as her own mom has been to her. Yet, this goal seemed unattainable since Katelynn was born male. In high school, she realized that something was missing in her life, and she began the slow transgender process by starting to dress in more feminine clothing. By age 17, she began living as a woman. This past July, Katelynn traveled to Thailand to undergo surgery to complete her transformation. She is a self-proclaimed computer geek and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. After a string of bad relationships, she hopes to one day marry her current boyfriend, Mike.
Ryan, 23 – Gettysburg, PA
Ryan may be considered a small town guy but he has had his fair share of adventure. After enlisting in the Army at age 17, Ryan completed a tour in Iraq where he guarded Saddam Hussein during his trial and lived through many near-death experiences. He found an outlet to express his feelings through writing and music and returned from duty with a newfound appreciation for life and a better perspective on the world around him. A class clown who juggles his time between amateur filmmaking, guitar playing and devising his next prank, Ryan is currently in his first relationship ever.
Sarah, 22 – San Francisco, CA
Sarah may look like another tattooed punk but under her ink is a passionate woman with an intense past. Rising above a traumatic upbringing where she was the victim of sexual abuse, Sarah has dedicated herself to educating and advocating for sexually-abused men and women through art and creative therapy. An artist at heart, Sarah hopes to have her art shown in a gallery. She has recently fallen in love with a guy she met on a set-up through her mother – until now, most of Sarah’s relationships have been with women.
Scott, 23 – Salem, NH
Often perceived to be a “muscle head,” it is hard to believe that this well-built personal trainer used to be thin as a rail. Still, Scott has more to show off than his award-winning abs, which were featured in Men’s Health, he is the first in his family to graduate from college. However, Scott’s ambition doesn’t stop there. Now an accomplished personal trainer, he has created his own fitness website to educate the public on health and fitness while pursuing his new passions – acting and modeling.
“The Real World” launched the modern reality television genre and is the longest-running reality series in history. Past seasons have taken place in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Miami, Boston, Seattle, Hawaii, New Orleans, Chicago, Las Vegas, Paris, San Diego, Philadelphia, Austin, Key West, Denver, Sydney and Hollywood. The first season, set in New York City, debuted in 1992. Each season, the show brings seven, and now eight, young strangers to live together in a new city and rolls the cameras 24-7, witnessing as their lives intersect, their ideas are challenged and their passions emerge.
“The Real World” was created for MTV by Jon Murray and Mary-Ellis Bunim of Bunim-Murray Productions. Jon Murray and Jim Johnston serve as Executive Producers of “The Real World: Brooklyn.” Jacquelyn French is the MTV executive overseeing the project.