In 2008, The Challenge went from 30 minute episodes to 60 minutes. Now, it looks like War of the Worlds 2 will have 90 minute episodes.
This doesn’t seem to be 100% confirmed, but I believe it to be true. This means we’ll be seeing a lot more over the course of the season. After War of the Worlds 1, this seems to be an appropriate decision. The whole reunion was dedicated to content didn’t air and was discussed over social media. Perhaps this will allow us to get to see more of this content.So, if you’re a fan of the drama, you’ll probably love this change. Ideally I think this will be a Final Reckoning-paced season without the cliffhangers. That means there will be a lot of fights, drama and hookups airing but we’ll also see a challenge and elimination in the episode. That’s just the hope.
The bad thing? Well, if you don’t like the drama then you will not like this change because I doubt we’ll spend more time on the competition. We’ll likely just get more fighting (and I think there’s a lot to show this season). I also think this speaks to the current state of MTV as well. We have a lot of shows flopping, but The Challenge seems to be a consistently strong performer on the network. No other show on the network is moving to 90 minutes. When The Gauntlet 3 moved to the hour-long format, most shows on MTV were making that change (Real World: Hollywood, Shot of Love with Tila Tequila). So, I don’t see us getting future new faces from current MTV shows, as MTV doesn’t have any shows worth represented.
However, I think this is going to benefit the real Challenge fans, so I’m all for it.
The trailer also promises to be SUPERSIZED! This may mean it’ll be two hours (like Invasion) if the stander episode is 90 minutes. We’ll find out on August 28th at 9 PM now. MTV changed the premier time, likely so it won’t compete with Survivor.