“The Real World,” which revolutionized MTV and created reality TV as we know it, is turning 25 and is ready to celebrate in style as seven strangers take over Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In true Real World fashion, a high roller’s suite in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will be transformed into the ultimate party loft as the series premieres in the 1st quarter of 2011. The news comes following a strong season for “The Real World: New Orleans,” averaging nearly 2 million viewers, a 25% increase versus last season.
“The Real World: New Orleans,” which aired Wednesday’s at 10pm ET/PT on MTV ranked as Wednesday’s #1 cable program in the 10p-11p time period amongst viewers p12-34.
“As ‘The Real World’ starts production on its 25th season, we are excited to bring the series back to Las Vegas – a city that MTV’s viewers love,” said creator and Executive Producer Jon Murray. “Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a fantasy destination and will undoubtedly serve as the eighth roommate and we can’t wait to see what Sin City has in store during this monumental season.”
“We are very excited to partner with MTV and their hit reality show series ‘The Real World’ for the 25th season in Las Vegas,” said Joseph A. Magliarditi president and chief executive officer of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “We recently completed our $750 million expansion which includes the addition of SKYBAR, Reliquary Spa and a luxury suite tower. We look forward to hosting the new cast.”
“The Nevada Film Office is very excited to have MTV’s ‘The Real World’ return to Las Vegas. The first time here proved to be excellent exposure for the city and the NFO is always happy to assist any MTV production that visits our state,” added Charlie Geocaris, Director of the Nevada Film Office.
“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, Hollywood, Brooklyn, Cancun, D.C. and New Orleans. The first season, set in New York City, debuted in 1992. Each season, the show brings seven young adults to live together in a new city and the cameras roll 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: New Orleans.” Jacquelyn French is the MTV executive overseeing the project.