MTV’s ‘Real World’ comes full circle back to SF
Did you know MTV’s “The Real World” is still running?
Neither did we.
But now the network is bringing the reality show back to San Francisco for its 29th — and perhaps final — season.
According to MTV spokesperson Jennifer Solari, the crew will film for several months before airing in 2014.
Executive producer Jonathan Murray said the show’s producers are excited to return to San Francisco after their first “Real World” visit in 1994:
“The city has always been a great place for young people to explore who they are and what they want to do with their lives.”
Ya hear that, Peter Shih?
If you are too old, too young or too cool to know what “The Real World” is about, the premise takes eight hot strangers from different backgrounds and throws them in a tricked out pad in an urban city.
The show’s first visit to San Francisco was nearly 20 years ago in season three, which was filmed at 949 Lombard Street, one block east of the “crookedest street in the United States.”
During the season, the world was introduced to reality TV personality David “Puck” Rainey and the late Pedro Zamora, a noted AIDS activist who held a commitment ceremony with his partner on the show.
No one knows where the new “Real World” home will be; speculation though has swirled that the cast will move into 1244 Sutter St., between Van Ness Avenue and Polk Street.
The two-story building, most recently used as office space, is just a stone’s throw away from Polk Street night life and was home to the historic Avalon Ballroom concert venue in the ’60s.
City building records for the site reveal a permit application for “reality” purposes, and recent permits were accepted to install temporary walls and plumbing for a kitchen, laundry, two showers and a bathtub.
What, MTV — no hot tub?
David Villa-Lobos, a local resident, said he recently received a notice about a film project taking place later this summer in the neighborhood.