MTV did consider rebooting The Real World for the network before opting to go to SVOD. “We love the franchise, but what is so special about it is the purity of it. It didn’t have gimmicks, it didn’t have tricks, it didn’t have all the extra bells and whistles that the days unscripted required to work on cable,” McCarthy said. “You have a whole different generation of young people that are growing up that didn’t experience cable in the way you and I did. And so we’re able to go and actually retell that story, updated of course, with new characters, new tensions, new real-life issues, but still stay totally pure to the clean idea of what Real World was without having to basterdize it in order to make it work for traditional cable.”
The Real World is being done through MTV Studios and Bunim-Murray. MTV Studios is expected to produce most of its slate itself, only occasionally collaborating with an outside producer, in most cases someone the network has a strorng relationship with, like Bunim-Murray and Jersey Shore‘s SallyAnn Salsano.