When did you stop watching The Real World?* I, like many people of my era, was fascinated by the early seasons of the then-groundbreaking reality show that brought a gaggle of diverse young people together to bicker and bond...but let's face it, it died a long time ago and doesn't seem to know it.
I remember Season 1 (New York) as appointment viewing in my roommate-filled house, yelling at that country guy who never left the house in Season 2 (LA), and San Francisco's Season 3 was truly iconic, history-making TV.
London (Season 4) was neither here nor there, but I think I started losing patience with Season 5 (Miami) when the show started having more drunk-in-the-hot-tub than not. At some point after that I think I aged out of MTV's demo for the show, and it (unrelated to losing me as a viewer) jumped the proverbial shark with more drunken brawls, waxed and tanned bros, and night-vision hookups than anyone should be able to count.
Though there was a rumor that the show's second San Francisco season would be the end of the "unscripted" (heh, sure) dinosaur, that proved unfounded and the show, now a long-undead version of its original self, has stumbled on. Since then, however, it stopped identifying itself by city: 2014's SF-set season was subtitled "Ex-Plosion," 2015's was called "Skeletons," and "Go Big or Go Home" will premiere this March. And so it goes.
All this to say that later this month The Real World, will be coming to San Francisco to cast for an upcoming season (theme as yet unidentified, but my money's on "Manscaping" or maybe just "¯\_(ツ)_/¯"). According to the spokesperson who wrote to me about the casting, "they're always coming to SF to find the next big reality stars!" which must be why, when he first lived in the Bay Area, local author Dave Eggers famously auditioned for the show. (He was not chosen.)
This time, they are seeking "seven lucky strangers" whose names you will likely never remember, but who the casting note describes as "characters from real life; people with strong personalities who are unafraid to speak their minds."
"Most of all, we are looking for surprising and unusual life stories that have yet to be told on television." As if such things exist!
The open casting call will be held on Friday March 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the all-too appropriate venue of Woodbury (685 3rd Street). Applicants must "bring a recent picture of themselves (which will not be returned)" and "must be 21 years or older by June 2016, and appear to be [hmmmmm interesting choice of words] between the ages of 20 and 24."
If you go, good luck and let us know how it goes.
* For those of you about to snootily comment "I never watched it," here you go.