Facebook is teaming up with MTV for the relaunch, which will stream exclusively on its Watch service, reports Variety. "We're thrilled to reboot the show for today's audiences, representing and amplifying the real life, real people, real places and real social tensions of each country".
MTV's long-running reality show "The Real World" is going digital and global. Instead, it'd go somewhere where the show could "stay totally pure to the clean idea of what Real World was without having to bastardize it in order to make it work for traditional cable". We now know where at least one of these reboots is ending up.
What actually makes this reboot kind of interesting, is that it is going to be an worldwide show, with three separate seasons spanning the US, Mexico, and Thailand.
The company said the new programs will "live up to" the original show's opening mantra, to tape strangers living together "to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real", which all feels adorably quaint now.
Each season of the show will allow viewers to vote one housemate into the cast before filming begins, and fans will get to connect with cast members through Facebook Live, Premieres (recorded videos aired via Facebook Live) and Watch Party (in which Facebook Groups watch videos together with miniature chat rooms). Additional social elements will be introduced prior to launch and throughout the seasons.
MTV president Chris McCarthy said it's an opportunity to create a new genre of television.
Elsewhere, Facebook Watch is taking its interactive game-show format Confetti global with local versions of the show due to launch across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America by the end of the year. "By partnering with Facebook Watch and [Bunim/Murray Productions], we have the opportunity to impact culture and create a new genre of television all over again, while engaging the next generation of content consumers around the world".