Will The Challenge Survive Without The Real World?

Challenge 30 is on its way, and it seems like MTV has a renewed interest in The Challenge. So far this year we’ve seen The Challenge: Invasion, Champs vs. Pros, Season 30, and now there’s rumors of season 31 being on its way. It’s likely in the very early stages of development, but this is more Challenge action that we’ve seen on MTV in ages.

Meanwhile, our old friend The Real World is nowhere is sight.

Once Road Rules ended, production introduced the concept of Fresh Meat into the mix, and people like Kenny, Evan, Diem, and Evelyn quickly became Challenge regulars. This was a success for production, because there was once a time where interest in The Challenge was waining.

Flash forward nine years, and we’ve seen two Fresh Meat seasons. Then, production decides to add Are You the One? into the mix. While the decision was met with mixed reactions, there’s not denying that Are You the One isn’t a flop on MTV. It’s going into its 6th season and has survived four years on the network. We’ve also seen Bloodlines coming onto The Challenge, and we’re now getting more fresh faces from these shows than we are from The Real World.

Meanwhile, The Real World isn’t getting much love. Its past 4 seasons have featured twists and the show has pivoted away from its original format. Similarly, Road Rules had four vote-off based seasons prior to getting placed on hiatus. While some of these seasons were successes, fans at the time complained that the show lost it’s authenticity and was just following reality TV trends. The same can be said about the most recent Real World seasons, and it isn’t paying off.

The Challenge has some future ahead of it, and the Real World’s future is very uncertain. It seems likely that Are You the One? is going to be the primary source of newbies moving forward. Including Season 30, Go Big or Go Home and Bad Blood have each contributed two unique cast members to the show. We don’t seem to be getting a lot from The Real World even when it is producing new seasons, so MTV already seems to be shifting away from The Real World as the biggest contributor of cast members.

What does this mean? If the Challenge is going to survive without The Real World, which I think it can, there are a few shifts in casting. As we’ve seen, AYTO and Challenge-generated cast members (like Bloodlines and Fresh Meat) will be coming onto the show at an alarming rate. We may even see other shows contributing cast members. I also expect to see a bigger emphasis on building characters on the show. I fully expect to see people like Amanda, Cory, Ashley, and Tony being invited back season-after-season. The best thing that I’ve noticed is an increase in old schoolers. I expect that people from older seasons will be contacted to return, and the interest in the show may escalate if we continue to see huge prizes.

Do you think we need The Real World? Or will we survive without it?

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5 thoughts on “Will The Challenge Survive Without The Real World?

  1. I think it can survive, they will probably be adding people from other shows. I bet they will end up with people from shows like dear Factor and and beach house. In a way it’s the most exciting time for the challenge

  2. Honestly as a guy whose been watching this show since the Inferno (and a few of the Gauntlet) I said at least have one more season of the Real World then make a decision to keep or not.

  3. They have like over 30 RW people that have never done a challenge, the casting pool is big and they don’t even use new RW PEOPLE ON THE CHALLENGE

    • I agree with Alto just recently there are newer cast members that they could reach out too from the seasons that we have had that have NEVER been on the Challenge: 12 from Bad Blood, 6 from Go Big, 3 from Skeletons and 7 from Explosion and those are just the past 4 Recent Real World Seasons. You still have other Real Worlders like Scott, Baya and Ryan from Brooklyn, Ashlee and Eric from New Orleans and those on Road Rules Viewers Revenge who have never been on a Challenge season. Or you can invite back Dustin, Cooke, Robb, Trey, Chet from Real World and Brandon, Noor, Pete, Johnnie and those from Fresh Meat 1 & 2 and you have Bloodlines too that have relatives as well. I love that the Old School Challengers are coming back (Alton and Mark want to return also) but keep it in the Bunim-Murray franchise FIRST before having Are You The One or other shows come on because I feel they are taking the spots and MTV is not trying hard enough to get those we know and love verses another show I will never watch and don’t want them on my show messing it up.

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