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MTV gives ‘The Real World’ five more seasons

Spinoff ‘Road Rules’ could drive off into horizon, though
/ Source: The Associated Press

MTV has renewed “The Real World” for five more seasons, which means the reality TV show will stay on the air until at least 2008.

“The Real World,” now airing its 15th outing in Philadelphia, brings together seven strangers between the ages of 18 and 24 to live in a swanky loft or house and films them around the clock, at home and on the town.

“We’re very gratified by it,” Jon Murray, creator and executive producer of “The Real World” and president of Bunim-Murray Productions, said Wednesday. “We love doing ‘The Real World.’ It has continued to be a favorite with MTV’s audiences and remains fresh and stimulating.”

However, the spin-off “Road Rules” might be hitting the road. MTV confirmed no decision has been made on its renewal, although the music network has ordered two more seasons of “The Real World/Road Rules Challenge.”

“‘Road Rules’ has always been sort of the stepchild of ‘The Real World,”’ said Murray. “It usually gets renewed based on the strength of its ratings. It’s been consistent in its delivery, but it doesn’t get the same press attention that it deserves.”

Murray said there are still many destinations “Road Rules,” which crams six 18- to 24-year-olds in a recreational vehicle, has yet to visit.

“They were focused first on the big ‘Real World’ deal,” said Murray of MTV’s decision. “They’re aware we need to keep the challenges fresh. We need new cast members.”