(CBS NEWS) – “The Real World” is going back to our City by the Bay.
The MTV reality series has been renewed for an upcoming 29th season and will be set here in San Francisco, according to Variety, marking the show’s return to the city after 20 years.
The third season of “The Real World,” which premiered in 1994, was set in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, and is remembered to this day as one of the series’ most prolific seasons.
Solidifying the show as an MTV staple, season 3 included memorable cast members such as Mohammed, Puck, Judd, Pam and with special note, Pedro Zamora, a Cuban-American gay rights activist who died from AIDS in 1994. Zamora’s partner Sean Sasser, who appeared in multiple episodes, died on Aug. 7 from mesothelioma. The couple has been credited with helping to bring the HIV/AIDS epidemic into the national spotlight.
Returning the series to San Francisco represents a big risk for the show’s producers.
Created in 1992 by Jonathan Murray and Mary-Ellis Bunim (who died from breast cancer in 2004), “The Real World” has been in a ratings spiral as of late. Once a fixture of pop culture, many viewers now see the show as stale and formulaic. The most recent season, set in Portland, was barely able to crack a million viewers per episode.
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