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TV Tonight: "The Real World: Sydney"

TV Tonight: "The Real World: Sydney"

When I first heard that MTV was taking "The Real World" to Sydney for the new season that begins airing tonight, I was excited about the potential rebirth of one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Having been to Sydney, I can attest that it's a very cool city for young single people, and I thought that perhaps this season, like all the others in international settings, would usher in an interesting cast from all over the world.

Now, having watched the first episode, I actually think "The Real World" has moved from guilty pleasure to downright painful. This time around, they take six of the more vapid white Americans they've managed to find so far and put them in a house with one well-spoken, rational Middle Eastern woman from New York named Parissa. (No Aussies? Aussies are fun!)

If that sounds like a coldly calculated attempt at conflict, well, it is. And if the pilot is any indication, the housemates aren't exactly immersing themselves in Australian culture. Note: When Dunbar says "I'm not gonna lie; Australia kicks ass," he's talking about a fireworks display outside a nightclub. But if train wrecks are your thing, you can't do much better than "The Real World: Sydney." To watch a preview for the season — which, I must admit, makes it look much more exciting than the first episode did — just


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brooklyn238 brooklyn238 9 years
Anyone know the name of the song from the finale episode? Lyrics contain "I'll pray for you" + "I say excuse me for all that I've done"??? Can't find on the official website or on any lyric pages.... giving me a rash! :)
miss-britt miss-britt 9 years
bertbert the song is swen by the feeling.
bertbert bertbert 9 years
this question is about the music from Real World Sydney. I want to know the name of the band singing that song this past week (August 22) as Parisa starts to get bummed that that guy isn't into it with her. It starts out, "Give me a song and I'll sing it like I mean it."
Elanier20 Elanier20 9 years
I was kinda looking forward to this episode but when i started watching it i was kinda gettin mad because like they kinda make me believe that they wanted the girls to get mad at each other. i dont know but that stuff bothered me.
Hootie Hootie 9 years
Wow, I watched the first episode... Parisa was doomed from the start. I really like her and hope things get better. Can't wait for next week.
kendallina kendallina 9 years
I will watch this season if I can (guilty pleasure). My question is did they just decide to cast the people with unique names or did they actually have other criteria in the interviews?
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 9 years
I have watched the Real World forever and will be watching again - we'll see if this season pans out! I am always drawn to the stupid drama.
texas-sweetie22 texas-sweetie22 9 years
I can't wait to see it!
miss-britt miss-britt 9 years
i right nomerz, i guess cause last season they had too black guys, they had to balance it out. But i am so excited its coming back. This season looks wicked good. I really hate that mtv has it that next season the fans pick who will be on the show.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
I hate The Real World now. I'd rather hang out with Paris Hilton for a week than watch another episode -- EVER!
nomerz nomerz 9 years
no token black guy? is there at least a gay guy? ... even though The Real World sucks now, I still can't stop myself from watching it. MTV really has sunk to a new low. I think the worst show by far is Date My Mom. Seriously, that show was just downright pathetic.
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
OMG, CaseyL I miss Daria!!! I didn't have cable when Daria was on and I would hear my friends talking about; I finally caugt some episodes and I think it was a really cool show. I do think that their writers and producers are made of high school and college students now.
CaseyL CaseyL 9 years
I think MTV in general has gone down hill. I stopped watching The Real World after the Las Vegas season which I think started the decline. Remember Daria? Remember when MTV actually has culture and thought provoking television? Shows like this and Engagaed and Underage and Next should be cancelled immediately for the sake of this and the next generation's sanity.
Chica8a Chica8a 9 years
the show is so so so i basically see the commercials and from there no already know what happens on the show ,,, the last couple of season i have not watched! Before i luved to watch them, now as other i see as well I stick to the Challenges they are much more entertaining. These girls on this new season look psycho!
Hootie Hootie 9 years
It's my guilty pleasure... I love reality shows.
rubialala rubialala 9 years
This show needs to be over.
radarkitty radarkitty 9 years
And I agree with both of you, I have watched every single season, but haven't been watching the WHOLE season that last few. I usually stick to the challenges now because at least there is some OLD people on it like me. ;)
ktacce ktacce 9 years
HAHAH Jenintx, i toooootally agree. i'm pretty sure i'm gonna have to watch it... sigh. I ADORE AUSTRALIA - I studied abroad in Perth for 6 months and fell IN LOVE with the country. For that reason alone I'm stoked about this Real World. But doesn't it seem like they're sort of running out of cities? I'm thinking they're due for a DC one soon... or maybe Atlanta? Charlotte? Nasheville? What do ya'll think?
jenintx jenintx 9 years
i want so badly to NOT watch this. unfortunately, i have very little self control. :) i think i'll watch a couple of episodes, then just read the tv watches. they're usually more entertaining than the show is anyway...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
When is this show going to end? Cmon! I watched the first 5 or so seasons, and then it really really stopped being real…and started to become a vehicle for alcoholism, promiscuity and just plain “shock” TV. You would see the cast show up, and within 3 minutes they were all asking who was gay, who was straight, do they party, and within 10 minutes they were all naked in the hot tub, or fighting. The people who sign up, KNOW what they have to “be” in order to get a) air time b) air time and c) air time. They aren’t thinking about the experience, they are thinking about “celebrity” and how much they can squeeze out of their 15 seconds of fame. I miss the days of the real world cast with “real” people, black white fat skinny older and younger.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
What? No token black person or latina?? The lack of diversity in these shows is panful, hello there are Asian people out there too.
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