I keep hearing people who complain that we never see Old Schoolers on The Challenge any more. Cast members who we once saw season-after-season are now doing different things and are reluctant to come back, and for good reason. Truth is, there have been a lot of changes to the Challenge environment and I can’t blame them for not wanting to return.
Of course, there are some exceptions. By most people’s standards CT and Aneesa, who appeared on Free Agents, are veterans. Even people like Diem, Wes, or Johnny Bananas may be considered “old-schoolers” by some people. However, even people from their original seasons are showing up less frequents. So here are some of the reasons they’re not showing up:
1. They’re doing something better: If one of my favorite oldies declines a Challenge, I hope this is the reason. Some people have established careers for themselves and can’t get the time off.
2. Conditions have gotten much worst: If you watched seasons like Battle of the Seasons or The Inferno, you’d know that the cast used to be able to venture out of the house. Then, that right got taken away. While I understand this is a show and they want the cast to be on camera, production needs to let the cast enjoy the location. Here are some other examples of privileges that have been taken away:
- Bringing electronics (like cameras, iPods, cell phones, ect.)
- Sundays off (the cast used to have no filming on Sunday)
- Bring books (thanks Dunbar!)
- Making phone calls (cast now has very limited phone access)
- Plus the quality of food has declined
3. The theme doesn’t allow them to come back: Even veterans who express interest in returning won’t get asked back because the format of the Challenge calls for certain people to be used (such as Exes, Rivals, or Seasons). Without a partner, some people may never return.
4. There friends won’t be there: If we’re ever lucky enough to see someone like Rachel, Veronica or Coral again they will have to work hard to survive in the Challenge house. Because so few vets get asked back, we won’t see them all on the same season. This is enough to scare some Challengers away.
5. Production doesn’t want them: A lot of veterans only want to return for an individual Challenge, or new school vs. old school, or whatever format they’ve concocted in their heads. Fact is, production doesn’t want people who will only return conditionally. They want people who have potential to become a staple in the Challenge world. There’s a reason CT and Aneesa keep getting asked back: they’re flexible. And that’s what production wants.
Hopefully we will have an opportunity to see some of our favorite vets again!