Thursday, May 21, 2009

17 Years Ago Today: The Real World: New York premieres on MTV...

The Real World (retrospectively referred to as The Real World: New York, to distinguish it from subsequent installments of the series) is the first season of MTV's reality television series The Real World, which focuses on a group of diverse strangers living together for several months in a different city each season, as cameras follow their lives and interpersonal relationships. The series was filmed from February 16 to May 18, 1992. It was produced by Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray. This was the first of three seasons to be filmed in New York City. In 2001 the show made a repeat visit with The Real World: Back to New York, and in 2008, set its twenty-first season, The Real World: Brooklyn, in the borough of Brooklyn. This makes New York City along with Los Angeles, the only two cities to be used as the setting of "The Real World" on more than one season.

The cast lived in a nine story, ten unit residential co-op building at 565 Broadway, at the corner of Prince Street, in Manhattan's SoHo district. The location was discovered by producers after much searching. Walls separating two adjacent apartments on the second and third floors were removed in order to form a single 4,000-square-foot, four bedroom residence, and were renovated for the filming of the series. Production personnel, which included up to 13 people at one time, utilized a work space with a separate entrance.

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