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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Trailer for MTV Challenge: Battle of the Exes

Cast List for MTV Challenge: Battle of the Exes

MTV just announced the next season of the Challenge. With the new format pitting former flames on two-person teams, we announce the cast list here at the RWRRBLOG:

Abram (South Pacific) and Cara Maria (Fresh Meat II)
Aneesa (Chicago) and Rachel (Campus Crawl)
Camilla (Spring Break) and Johnny (Key West)
CT (Paris) and Diem (Fresh Meat)
Dunbar (Sydney) and Paula (Key West)
Dustin (Las Vegas) and Heather (Las Vegas)
Emily (Washington DC) and Ty (Washington DC)
Jasmine (Cancun and Tyrie (Denver)
Leroy (Las Vegas) and Naomi (Las Vegas)
Mark (USA Tour 1) and Robin (San Diego)
Nate (San Diego) and Priscilla (San Diego)
Mandi (Fresh Meat II) and Wes (Austin)
Sarah (Brooklyn) and Vinny (Fresh Meat II)

Some of these pairs were actual relationships outside the show, some were harmless flings, others were just one-night stands. Nonetheless, there seems to be built-in drama in this format. Each week, one team is eliminated until three teams are left standing at the Final 3. With the exception of one person, the people left standing in the finals have never won a Challenge. Battle of the Exes premieres January 25.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Real World San Diego has its highest rated premiere since Brooklyn

Last Wednesday's episode of The Real World: San Diego had the highest rated premiere since the 2009 Brooklyn season.

1.9 million viewers tuned in and met Alexandra, Ashley, Frank, Nate, Priscilla, Sam, and Zach. The episode was up 17 percent from the Las Vegas premiere last season, but the episode with Dustin Zito's revelation is still the highest rated episode in a while.

Last Wednesday's episode had elements of drunken revelry, but the cast actually stayed in for their first night in the house (gasp!). Well, technically, they decided to stay in because Priscilla was underage, but then later somehow ended up at a bar. The episode had actual elements of interest and shows promise in future developments. The Ashley/Zach storyline was set up quite well with obvious references to the fact that they will hook up this season. While Priscilla, Nate and Sam seem to be developing separate individual storylines on their respective pasts.

The breakout star of the show, or at least the person the first episode focused most on, was Frank. Frank identifies as bisexual, yet is irked by the manner in which Sam brazenly shares her sexuality with the roommates. Nonetheless, in the first episode, Frank freely admits that he's bisexual, but falls hard for Alexandra. Alexandra seemed to respond to his direct advances by flirting back with him, but later shot Frank down while drinking in a bar. Then, we essentially saw Frank basically freak out. And this was only the first episode.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Challenge is renewed for a 22nd Season

CT and Johnny get ready to face-off in one of the most memorable eliminations ever. 
Immediately after the success of the season finale of Rivals, MTV issued a press release stating that they have renewed the Challenge for the 22nd season! Thus, we get to see our favorite competitors once again battle each other in a test of wits, athleticism, and tenacity for at least one more season! With that news, we decided to write five tips to the producers, telling them what to focus on for next season.

1. Focus more on character development, not fights and hook-ups: Part of the reason why Rivals worked so well, was that each of the teams had some history that made good TV. While some teams didn't really hate each other, others provided season-long storylines that encouraged viewers to come back week-after-week. In this season, the fighting and hook-ups were NOT started under a night of drinking and revelry (OK... sometimes they were), but the game forced the castmembers to face their differences because of the game.

2. Don't recycle old, tired formats: I'm not sure why producers choose to do a second and third Inferno or Gauntlet. While Rivals worked extremely well, I don't want to see another season of Rivals right away. Also, it's kind of a cop-out to just recycle old formulas.

3. Keep the rules simple: One of the biggest flaws of the Challenges is that the rules are always so unnecessarily complicated. Remember the Island's wildly weird key-holder, two-round elimination voting process? That season was a cheap imitation of Survivor and should've just copied the full format with one-person, one-vote. Who would've loved to see a weekly Tribal Council headed by TJ Lavin? For the next Challenge, I would love to see girls compete against guys, with a one-person, one-vote elimination.

4. Make sure the rules discourage the veteran alliances: Part of the problem with a one-person, one-vote elimination, which they have done in the past, is that the veteran alliances seem to have the game on-lock from Day 1. For some reason, the Challenges haven't instituted any kind of immunity, at least in recent seasons. It's the worst when the Challengers we see less of are sent home first.

5. Bring back some castmembers who haven't done the last eight Challenges: Going back to character development, fans want to be updated on those castmembers we haven't seen in a while. And I'm not talking about bringing back castmembers from New York and Los Angeles. Although that would be great, I can't see Julie (New York) and Aaron (Los Angeles) agreeing to come back for these Challenges, put some new blood on these casts.

What are your tips? Leave a comment and tell us what you'd like to see in the next season of the Challenge.

Challenge Rivals Ends the Season on a Ratings High

Paula and Evelyn embrace as they win the Challenge. 
The season finale of the Challenge: Rivals ended on a ratings high as the Challenge brought in 2.4 million viewers, a season high. Last Wednesday's episode revealed the winners of the Challenge and fans tuned in to see one of the toughest final Challenges yet. This is up 71% since last season's Cutthroat finale, the best rated season since The Duel II, and the most watched episode since the season finale of the Gauntlet III. MTV also hit a high note amongst 12-34 year-olds, coming in at #1 for that demographic for the entire night. Congratulations Bunim-Murray and MTV!

Watch The Real World San Diego Trailer

On the heels of the season finale of Rivals, MTV released the latest trailer for the 26th season of The Real World, headed to San Diego (again):

The trailer shows serious drama as some castmembers are interested in hooking-up and others are interested in fighting. This cast also has a gay castmember (Samantha) and a bi-sexual castmember (Frank). Two seasons have previously had this combination with Philadelphia (Karamo and Willie) and Hawaii (Ruthie and Justin). This new season premieres September 28!

Real World Hollywood's Joey poses naked for Playgirl in the September issue

Joey (Hollywood) joins the ranks of former castmembers who have gone on to pose nude. While Joey is the first castmember to make it to Playgirl, several other castmembers have posed for Playboy. Beth S. (Los Angeles), Flora (Miami), Veronica (Semester at Sea) and Jisela (The Quest) posed in a joint shoot for Playboy. Cara (South Pacific) actually is a Playboy Playmate. And others have posed for smaller shoots: Trishelle (Las Vegas), Arissa (Las Vegas), Tonya (Chicago), Mary Beth (South Pacific) have all posed naked for the cameras at one point or another. As for Joeycheck out the pictures of Joey in Playgirl.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Season Finale of the Challenge Rivals airs; Spoilers ahead

Tonight, the final episode of the Challenge: Rivals airs. Six teams are competing for the final grand prize and four teams will go home with nothing. To find out who wins the Challenge, check out our previous post.

Monday, August 22, 2011

CT gives an interview to the Boston Herald and says he will be back for more Challenges

Recently eliminated Rivals contestant CT (Paris) gave an interview to the Boston Herald recently, reflecting upon his time on the show. The article doesn't go into too much detail, however, the article mentions that CT is still trying to be friends with Adam (Paris), his status on whether or not he's dating someone from the show (he's not), and whether or not he'll do another Challenge in the near future.

Challenge ratings dips for the first episode of the final Challenge

Last Wednesday's episode of the Rivals took a slight dip with 1,987,000 people tuning into view CT (Paris) and Adam (Paris) be sent home. This comes after the Challenge hit a record with the the highest Challenge ratings since the Duel II.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Derrick interviews Tyler for his Challenge podcast

Rivals castmember Tyler (Key West) sits down with Derrick (Extreme) in his
podcast this week to get the lowdown on some great inside scoop. The interview with Tyler mostly focuses on why Tyler was so angry about other teams voting for him and Johnny (Key West) to face CT (Paris) in the final Jungle. He also gives a little perspective on what he thinks about Cara Maria (Fresh Meat 2) and his perspective on Paula (Key West). He also promises an awesome reunion, which will be coming up in two weeks.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rivals Recap: You're Not Going to Have Carbs?

The episode began where the last week's left off in the club. CT (Paris) defended Adam (Paris) against attacks from the Mob. While everyone thought CT would throw a punch, getting him sent home, CT vigorously defended Adam. We also got flashbacks of Paris and various Challenges, showing various stages of their friendship. While Adam wants to be a good teammate, he can't help but remember being pushed around in Paris, had a beer dropped on his head in the Inferno 3, and being punched in the face on the Duel 2.

Before the Final Jungle, Laurel (Fresh Meat 2) talks about her and CT. While she didn't expect to like anyone on these Challenges, she's definitely developed a bond with CT. She brings him breakfast in the morning. The final Challenge is called "T-bone" where the teams have to exchange balls through a 2-way intersected pit. The first two players to completely exchange all their balls wins. CT is excited to finally hit people in the Challenge. The Challenge doesn't end up being about the physicality, but more about speed. Adam messes up by not picking up the correct balls in the beginning, but it eventually comes down to one ball for both Adam and Tyler. Adam is unable to climb up the hill, stumbling, giving Tyler the win.

Upon returning to the house, Laurel is despondent over the departure of CT. The teams then learn that they're going to Patagonia for the final Challenge. Approaching the final Challenge, Cara Maria (Fresh Meat 2) and Wes (Austin) get into yet another argument. Wes seems to be going after Cara Maria. The argument actually provides closure for Cara Maria as she finally confronts Wes.

The morning of the final, both Tyler (Key West) and Jenn (Denver) wake up with food poisoning. The medic actually recommends that Tyler can't go on, but he ignores the medic. TJ introduces the final challenge, as having a water portion, followed by a kayak race, followed by a footrace. The girls go first, with Jenn and Mandi (Fresh Meat 2) immediately fall behind on the kayak. Evelyn and Paula make it out of the water first, but Laurel and Cara Maria are right behind them. The guys end the episode trying to figure out the kayaks.

Check out yesterday's post, to find out who wins the Challenge Rivals [SPOILER].

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Who Wins the Challenge: Rivals Spoiler

Tonight is the beginning of the end. We'll see the outcome of the final Jungle tonight, which we spoiled last week. However, tonight, we also see the beginning of the final Challenge.

If you do not want to know the outcome of the final Challenge, do not highlight the text below:

The winners of the Challenge: Rivals are: Johnny (Key West) and Tyler (Key West) for the guys, and Evelyn (Fresh Meat) and Paula (Key West) for the girls.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Theresa's Twitter Suggests a New Season of the Challenge is in Pre-Production

Theresa (Fresh Meat 2) recently posted some interesting information on her twitter.

Although she doesn't say that there is a new Challenge slated to be filmed soon, she does mention that she is attempting to go into training for something that would require her to be camera-ready. Most castmembers train for Challenges and this may be the first we hear of a new Challenge. This would also make sense since Rivals officially ended production with the Reunion filmed on Sunday.

No word from MTV on whether the Challenge has been renewed though. Follow us on Twitter!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Cara Maria hosts Laurel and Evelyn for a Q&A on Livestream

Cara Maria (Fresh Meat II) semi-regularly hosts LiveStream chats over on her channel. Today, she hosted Evelyn (Fresh Meat) and Laurel (Fresh Meat II) as the three were in New York City for the reunion.

The three covered a range of topics, ranging from silly to some inside information. Some of the information talks about what is gone over in the reunion, but they blast some castmembers on the Q&A. They talk about their friendship with CT (Paris), past castmembers who were not on this Challenge, their feelings about Jenn (Denver), and even how the three of them came to be apart of Fresh Meat. Did you know that both Evelyn and Cara Maria were considered to be part of The Real World after their early eliminations on Fresh Meat? Laurel also made it to the finals to be cast in the Real World, didn't make it, was offered a spot on Bad Girls Club, but then made it to Fresh Meat? Some interesting stuff, so check it out!

Challenge Rivals: Reunion taped yesterday; Hosted by Maria Menounos

The Reunion was taped yesterday at MTV Studios. If you do not want to know the spoilers regarding the Rivals reunion, do not highlight the text below the picture.

Once again, Maria Menounos hosted the Reunion, but here is a brief summary of what went down:

Here are the people that were in attendance: Adam, Cara Maria, CT, Evelyn, Jenn, Johnny, Kenny, Laurel, Leroy, Mandi, Mike, Paula, Tyler, and Wes. Of the topics discussed, there was quite a bit of talk about the grueling nature of the final. We'll talk about that in a post coming up later this week. However, this season's final challenge took an entire day, went overnight, and ended the following day. They also revisited the final Jungle with CT, Adam and Johnny, Tyler.

In terms of the relationships in the house, there was focus on Jenn. Jenn momentarily apologizes to Adam, but they end up not seeing eye-to-eye with the status of their relationship, with Jenn hiding the fact that they did indeed hook up. Laurel is put on blast, with at one point, even apologizing to Paula for her anorexia comment, which Paula does not accept. CT talks about how the mob could not separate the Challenge from real life, making him feel ostracized from his real life relationships in the house. And of course, CT talks about his relationships with Mandi and Laurel.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Rivals Reunion is Filming in MTV Studios in NYC

The Rivals Reunion is currently filming in MTV studios as we speak. There's no news coming out of the Twitter feeds, other than some of the cast has shown up and is ready to film. Paula (Key West), Johnny (Key West), Kenny (Fresh Meat), Cara Maria (Fresh Meat II), Leroy (Las Vegas), and Mike (Las Vegas) have all posted on Twitter that they are filming the reunion. Jasmine (Cancun) has posted that she is not a part of the reunion this year.

This story is developing...

Classic Real World Seattle Episodes Online

Some great news for longtime fans of the series, especially those who watched the Boston and Seattle seasons.

Someone has posted the first fourteen episodes of the Seattle season and has already posted the Boston season episodes on the same account. The episode embedded above is one of the most infamous episodes where Irene (Seattle) left the house and the "slap heard 'round the world".

Note: YouTube is notorious for taking this stuff offline, so make sure to catch up soon.

TMZ publishes photos of Real World: San Diego House pre-production

TMZ has some great photographs of the Real World: San Diego house before MTV came and renovated the house. This comes from an article published this past week revealing the bars and restaurants the Real World: San Diego cast frequents.

The photos themselves are not that revealing, as they are low quality and do not give an accurate representation of the entire house. However, it is the first time we get to peek into the mansion that the cast of the Real World: San Diego are calling home. The article does reveals interesting information about the house, including that the house has a full bar in the living room, a jacuzzi on its deck, and a giant chess board on where the tennis court once stood. The pictures also show nondescript portions of the house, the most notable being the kitchen and a movie theater. No word on if the movie theater has been left for the cast. However, it would be particularly unusual since the cast is not allowed to watch television in the house.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Where Are They Now? Road Rules' South Pacific Abram

Here's yet another update about a former castmember. It's not too long since Abram (South Pacific) appeared on Cutthroat, but since Abram was on Derrick's podcast, Abram gave us an update on his whereabouts.

He's currently dating Cara Maria (Fresh Meat II), but she's living in Massachusetts, while Abram is in Wyoming. He's working as a white-water rafting guide this summer in and around Yellowstone National Park, while he rents out his home as a summer house. On the podcast, he seemed to be doing well, but he's recently been in trouble with the law.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Brad and Tori have a Real World/Road Rules baby!

Brad (San Diego) and Tori (Viewer's Revenge had yet another Real World baby!

Yesterday, August 11, 2011, Brad and Tori welcomed John Fiorenza, weighing 7 lbs, 12 oz, measuring 21.5 inches long. The two met while filming the Gauntlet III and got married in April 2010.

This is not the first Real World baby: Sean (Boston) and Rachel (San Francisco) have six children of their own, while Judd (San Francisco) and Pam (San Francisco) also have two children. Chadwick (Down Under) and Holly (Maximum Velocity Tour) also have a child. John is the first Challenge and Real World/Road Rules baby.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Rivals Ratings: Most Watched Episode in Two Years

Last Wednesday's episode, moving the cast from Costa Rica to Argentina, and teasing the Final Jungle (which we spoil in an earlier post), has been the most watched episode of The Real World/Road Rules Challenge in the last two years.

2.057 million people watched as CT (Paris) and Adam (Paris) were put up against Johnny (Key West) and Tyler (Key West). In fact, Rivals has posted impressive gains, improving its average ratings 14% over last season's Cutthroat.

This is excellent news, as MTV has not yet posted word on whether or not they will renew the Challenge after this season. The last episode to post these kind of numbers was when 2.188 million people tuned in and watch Brad (San Diego) defeat Landon (Philadelphia) in the last duel of The Duel II.

The Real World San Diego Spotted at Local Restaurants and Bars

There's an interesting article at the La Jolla Patch about the upcoming 26th season of The Real World.

First and foremost, the article points out that filming is scheduled to end around Labor Day. The new cast of the Real World San Diego will stick around for the remainder of the month.

However, what's interesting about the article is that the journalist who wrote it, called up Pacific Beach restaurants and bars to see if they gave permission for producers to film. Beaumont's Eatery, which is in the Bird Rock neighborhood where the house is located, regularly hosts the cast for lunch and dinner. In addition, Moondoggies is a hangout for the cast at night. If you're a San Diego resident, and see the cast at these or other local establishments, feel free to contact us at

Road Rules Extreme's Derrick Hosts a Great Podcast

Back with some new Challenge news. Fresh on the last post's news that spoiled the Challenge Rivals final Jungle, there's a great Podcast that you guys should know about.

Derrick (Extreme) runs a fantastic podcast that invites former Real World and Road Rules alumni to talk about the latest news. With the Rivals Challenge airing now, Derrick usually has the most pertinent guests for that week's episode. With all the drama surrounding Cara Maria (Fresh Meat II) this week, Derrick invited her, Laurel (Fresh Meat II), and Abram (South Pacific) to talk about the last couple episodes.

There's some great stuff on this latest podcast. Abram abruptly leaves the chat early on, and CT (Paris) has something to do with it! Also, Cara Maria and Laurel give their opinions on the "mob", CT, and Jenn. Check out Derrick's Challenge Podcasts, as there is a great backlog of stuff. We'll keep you updated as he posts new podcasts week-by-week.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Spoiler Alert: Who Wins the Challenge - Final Jungle

Spoiler Alert... If you do not want to know the outcome of next Wednesday's Final Rivals Challenge where CT (Paris) and Adam (Paris) face off against Johnny (Key West) and Tyler (Key West)... do not read below:

In next week's Final Jungle, the winner is: (highlight to read)

Even though CT is heavily favored to win the tackling mission, Johnny and Tyler pull through. They head to the finals, while CT and Adam are sent home.

We'll also reveal who wins the Challenge sometime within the next week as well.

Rivals Recap: Get Off of Me!

Last night's episode brought the teams to Argentina and brought back a significant amount of drama to the Challenge.

Challenges usually have a significant amount of time dedicated to the actual missions themselves, but last night was an exception. We began the episode with a drunken night of revelry and this quickly turned ugly when Cara Maria (Fresh Meat II) became the target. Wes (Austin) and Paula (Key West) turned on her, dropping a bottle of coke on her head. Laurel (Fresh Meat II), her former rival turned friend, quickly came to her defense, kicking Wes out and making Paula cry.

At the Challenge, rookies Leroy (Las Vegas) and Mike (Las Vegas) scored an upset, winning the Challenge. Targets CT (Paris) and Adam (Paris) disqualified and were automatically sent to the Jungle. The teams were thrown a curveball when TJ announced that the teams would have to vote, right then, who would go to the final Jungle with CT and Adam. This begins a huge fight between Kenny (Fresh Meat), Wes (Austin) and Johnny (Key West), Tyler (Key West). Wes is able to manipulate the votes by lobbying for his team during the vote. Johnny and Tyler are sent to the Jungle.

Later on, Tyler sets his sights on both Paula and Mike. Furious that these two teams set the tone, and voted for Johnny and Tyler to go to the Jungle, he calls them out on it. Unfortunately, Paula shuts him down, saying that she had felt closer to Kenny, even though Paula and Tyler were on the same season. Leroy also is quick to defend Mike, telling Tyler that had it been the Rookies in the Jungle, no one would have raised any concern.

We do not get to see the final Jungle this week, but it's a tackling mission that we've been teased with all season. The episode instead ends with Kenny, Wes, and Johnny attempting to break Adam's (Paris) confidence before going into the Jungle. We are left with a cliffhanger as CT comes to Adam's defense.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Challenge: Rivals - New Episode Tonight

Is tonight D-Day? With the final Jungle scheduled for tonight...

Will the guys be able to final get CT (Paris) and Adam (Paris) out of Rivals? Will Johnny (Key West), Wes (Austin), or Kenny (Fresh Meat) step up to the plate?

Where Are They Now? Road Rules Northern Trail

Airing in 1998, the fifth season of Road Rules brought six strangers together to weave their way through the Northern United States and parts of Canada. So, thirteen years later, what are Anne, Dan, Jon, Noah, Roni and Tara up to?

Anne Wharton (originally from Tempe, AZ; now residing in Manhattan Beach, CA): Anne is memorable for her bubbly personality, off-and-on-again relationship with Noah during the trip, and her quick romance with the doctor from the Emergency Room mission during her season. We've seen her twice since then, once in the Challenge and then in Battle of the Sexes. So, what is Anne up to now? She's currently working for Zoic Studios, a visual effects production company in Culver City, CA. You can check out her Facebook profile.

Dan Setzler (originally from Apple Valley, MN; now residing in Minneapolis, MN): Dan started a full-blown relationship with Tara during their season, culminating in an admission that the two had sex near the end of the trip. Dan appeared on three Challenges, even teaming up with Tara in Battle of the Seasons. But what is Dan doing today? Dan is currently living in Minneapolis, and sometimes performs as a musician at local bars in the Minneapolis area. You can also check out his Facebook profile.

Jon Holmes (originally from Boston, MA; now residing in Boston, MA): Who can forget Jon? From his quirky personality to his admission that the cast pissed him off during the whole trip, Jon was one of the most memorable of this season. Jon currently keeps busy as the editor and designer of Destructoid, a video game community. He's married and maintains his own blog at the website.

Noah Rickun (originally from Mequon, WI; now residing in Milwaukee, WI): Noah came to the season, looking for an adventure and was one of the most antagonistic of the cast. He pushed people's buttons, especially Anne's, but he was also well-liked in his season. Noah graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and went on to obtain his JD from Marquette University. He's currently married with two daughters and now works as a public speaker. Check out his public speaking profile and his Facebook.

Roni Martin (originally from Harlem, NY; now residing in Los Angeles, CA): Roni was the dancer/photographer from New York who was probably most remembered for calling out her cast when she perceived them being fake. Who can forget when she called out Tara and Dan, while Noah drove the RV? Roni is married, living in the Los Angeles area, and still works as a photographer.

Tara McDaniel Stern (originally from Chatsworth, CA; now residing in Los Angeles, CA): Tara, the unassuming sorority girl from UCLA, was most remembered for her relationship with Dan during her season. Although the two did not continue their relationship onto Battle of the Seasons, they still remain friends today. Tara currently is married, with children, and living in the Los Angeles area. Check out her Facebook profile.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The Real World: San Diego (2011)

As of today, the only official production of any of the three shows is the 26th season of The Real World. Road Rules has not been renewed since the ill-conceived Viewers' Revenge and MTV has not yet announced whether or not they will renew The Challenge series after the currently airing Rivals.

So, appropriately, the first blog post would be about the The Real World: San Diego (2011). After the last two seasons revisited old locales, producers are heading toward a mansion in the ritzy La Jolla neighborhoods of San Diego:

The 6,845 square foot, five bedroom, six bathroom house is only minutes away from the popular Mission Beach neighborhood and is currently filming (Real World Houses). And what would be a spoiler post be without some hint of the cast? Vevmo has one of the best rundowns of the seven strangers:

Alexandra Govere, 21 - Los Angeles, CA
Ashley Kelsey, 24 - Winstead, CT
Frank Sweeney, 22 - Canasota, NY
Nate Stodghill, 22 - Grain Valley, MO
Priscilla Mendez, 19 - San Diego, CA
Samantha McGinn, 21 - Chesapeake, VA
Zach Nichols, 23 - Brighton, MI

Two interesting tidbits about the cast pop out immediately. First, most of the cast is over the age of 21. This actually has been the norm in the later seasons of Real World, especially since the focus on the cast has shifted more toward a partying atmosphere. Although 18 to 24-year-olds are eligible to be cast in the show, the cast has heavily featured 21 to 24-year-olds in the past few seasons. In fact, in the last five seasons, Emily (Washington DC), Jonna (Cancun), and Devyn (Brooklyn) were the only castmembers under age during filming. Second, Priscilla (San Diego) is actually from San Diego. In the past, producers have maintained a requirement for filming was that the castmembers could not reside in the town in which the show was being filmed. Melissa (Miami) and Ruthie (Hawaii) resided in Miami and Honolulu, respectively. From the producers' point of view, this created problems as this allowed these castmembers to escape the house and seek the solace of friends and family when times got tough. It comes as a surprise that after more than a decade of production, the producers have lifted this requirement.

Hopefully there is more to come from the new San Diego house. As always, hit me up with news if you have it:

We're Back...

After a long hiatus, the Real World/Road Rules Blog is back! With 60 seasons (and one on the way!), the Real World/Road Rules Blog is back to posting daily information on Real World, Road Rules, and the Challenges.

Bear with us. The site is coming back, slowly but surely. There are undoubtedly a few kinks that we'll be trying to work out as we come back online. Here are some questions you may be asking yourselves...

Where were you for the past few years?

Living life. I did leave the blog for a couple years. But, rest assured, the same person who was updating this website before, is still updating this website today. I just found that this website became too time consuming and, simply put, I pretty much abandoned it for a while. I attempted to pass on the torch, but I could never find anyone reliable enough to keep it going.

How long had the site been up before you "abandoned it"?

Believe it or not, the first iteration of this blog came online as The Real World: Hawaii and Road Rules: Semester at Sea came into production. That puts the birth of the site around 1998/1999. At the time, I was a 14-year-old kid in high school, who was excited about the show and learned a little HTML. Back then, the website had a different name and was under a different host, but it was the early version of what you see today.

14 years old? No way! Let me do my math, that makes you... old now, doesn't it?

Yup. I'm pretty old. I'm a college graduate in my mid-twenties with a job. Time flies when you learn HTML.

So, can I trust that the blog will be updated regularly from now on?

I'm not sure in what capacity the blog will come back, but keep your fingers crossed. The Internet is amazing and has grown leaps and bounds since I last updated regularly. I'll try to scour the 'net for some amazing news and I'll rely heavily on you guys to keep me updated. In fact, if you have some news, shoot me an email at

Alright folks. Sounds good? I'm still working on cleaning up around here. I still have a LONG way to go and there's still a lot of dusting and tweaking that needs to be done. Keep checking in!