Facebook to reboot MTV's "Real World" series for Watch platform

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Facebook and MTV are revamping 'The Real World'

Now, in an attempt to drum up awareness for its video platform, Facebook has joined forces with MTV to bring forth a reboot of, a television series that spanned a total of 32 seasons from 1992 up until a year ago.

Three versions of the new Facebook variant will be launched simultaneously in the US, Mexico and Thailand. The streaming service will give the viewing audience the power to vote one housemate onto the show prior to its airing, as well as other opportunities to interact with the cast online. But, hey, at least it might be entertaining to see complete strangers clash in a gorgeous house all over again.

This being Facebook, "social conversation" will be a central element of the new Real World shows, executives said.

MTV's The Real World was an originator of reality TV.

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"MTV's The Real World" is scheduled to premiere in spring 2019.

Speaking at MIPCOM, Facebook's head of content planning and strategy, Matthew Henick, and head of video products, Paresh Rajwat, revealed a slate of new worldwide titles coming to the platform.

"'MTV's The Real World' helped to define a generation and created a new genre of television with a simple yet powerful idea of connecting people from wildly divergent backgrounds to find common ground on the issues that often divided them", MTV President Chris McCarthy said in a statement. Facebook Watch was originally launched in just the U.S., but expanded to global users back in August.

MTV is bringing "The Real World" back but with a modern-day twist. In addition to a new season for USA audiences, Facebook Watch and MTV Studios are also developing native productions in Thailand and Mexico. The show focuses on a group of young adults as they temporarily live together in a new city. It will be co-produced by MTV and owned by Viacom Inc and Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP), the studio behind the original series. Facebook Watch's live trivia game show, Confetti, will be rolling out in the EMEA, APAC and LatAm regions, while The World's Most Amazing Dog, a global canine competition show based on a format from Israel's Gil Formats, will also be coming to the platform.

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