So I posted the twist for the upcoming “Real World:Ex-Plosion” season a couple of days ago, and I’d like to share my initial reaction to this change with everyone who reads this blog.
As a long time viewer of the show, it’s obvious that the past few seasons have been under performing. For a show that has been on for 28 season it should be expected to see The Real World hit some highs and lows, but the lows over the past few seasons have been really low.
So I agree that it seems logical to introduce change to the format of the show. But I have to wonder if exes was the best move to make. This isn’t the first time the exes theme has been incorporated into The Real World/ Road Rules/ Challenge franchise. Just two years ago production was filming a challenge named Battle of the Exes which reunited pairs of exes. The major difference, of course, being that these exes met on a different show within the franchise.
The initial interest in Battle of the Exes surpassed the initial interest in the previous challenge. So I can see why production would gravitate toward a theme that was already successful.
So for this season, I do think the “Ex-plosion” theme is fitting. People have commented that this is a dramatic shift in the format of The Real World, which it’s intended to be, but I don’t think it completely strips the show of its roots. It’s not like real people don’t have exes. In fact, it’s not like this is the first season where roommates had relationships prior to entering the house. Plus we know that the original 7 roommates will live together without their exes prior to their arrival. This allows for genuine relationships among the cast to form without the ex theme interfering.
It has also been noted that Big Brother used an ex theme 9 years ago. I think this show serves as a great example for what The Real World ought to be. They’ve introduced twists into the cast, but the twist varies with the season. This allows the show to maintain an identity without a specific twist become a central part of that identity.
So I’m really excited for this twist and I view it as a welcome change. But I’d like to know what you guys think. Please vote in the poll or comment below!