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Facebook Watch’s “The Real World” reboot cast to be determined by fan voting

The Facebook community will play a key role in casting the three reimagined versions of MTV Studios’ The Real World when the iconic reality format launches on Facebook Watch this ...
February 26, 2019

The Facebook community will play a key role in casting the three reimagined versions of MTV Studios’ The Real World when the iconic reality format launches on Facebook Watch this spring.

As previously announced, the rebooted franchise will roll out with three new seasons, including native versions for the U.S., Thailand and Mexico.

Beginning this week, fans of the franchise will be able to vote, via Facebook polls, on the seventh and final cast member to enter each of the three new Real World houses.

Rolling out over the next few weeks are two different polls, the first being the in-video casting polls which will be available for one week in each territory.

Voting has opened this week for the U.S. region, while casting polls for Mexico and Thailand will both open the week of March 11.

Casting polls will be available via MTV’s The Real World Facebook page.

In addition to the new iterations, Facebook Watch is bringing back three full seasons of The Real World with fan voting determining which past seasons will be made available. Voting begins March 4 and will remain open over a three week period.

The winning seasons will be announced on March 25 and will be available to view on Facebook Watch in the lead up to the new seasons this spring.

Winners will be selected from three categories, and include:

  • Favorite season:¬†New York (Season 1), San Francisco (Season 3), or Austin (Season 16)
  • Hottest Cast: London (Season 4), Key West (Season 17), or Ex-Plosion (Season 29)
  • Most Controversial Season: Los Angeles (Season 2), Las Vegas (Season 12), or Portland (Season 28)

MTV Studios and Bunim/Murray will be co-producing the new seasons.

“Video on Facebook Watch exists to be socially engaging, and investing in content that drives meaningful interactions is core to our strategy,” said Matthew Henick, head of content planning and strategy¬†at Facebook, in a statement. “We’re intrigued by shows which have the potential to build fandom and community through our many social products like Groups, Watch Parties, Polling, and more. Shows like The Real World…not only have the potential to be buzz-worthy and immersive, but their concepts also make it possible to leverage the social fabric of Facebook in unique and creative ways.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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