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The Real World: Charleston?

real-world-logoUPDATE, 8/10/13: The Real World will NOT be filming in Charleston.

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UPDATE, 8/10/13: The Post & Courier received further confirmation that MTV is considering Charleston for the upcoming season of The Real World

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The Holy City is about to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real - and no, that's not because Southern Charm is set to air this fall.

Rumors are flying about The Real World potentially choosing Charleston as the backdrop for its 29th season. It seems executives from MTV have been in town scoping out the locale, looking at homes, and speaking with business owners.

One of my Twitter followers, @ddmcbain, told me Y102.5 was reporting yesterday that executives were looking for a house on the Battery for the new cast to live in. The radio station also said MTV was looking at bars the cast could frequent while they were in Charleston.

Real World rumors emerged late last month when FITSNews reported they had spoken to someone working with the network on bringing the show to the Holy City. With local media now hearing the same, it appears this rumor is about to become a reality.

The news isn't exactly surprising considering the rash of television shows - reality or otherwise - invading the area. The ever-growing list includes the aforementioned Southern Charm, Welcome to Myrtle Manor, Gimme Shelter, Food Court Wars, Reckless, an untitled Coyote Ugly-like reality show, and The Dirty South (currently filming in Murrells Inlet).

For those interested, MTV is currently casting for the show's 29th season.

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36 comments

  1. Sass 7 August, 2013 at 15:10 Reply

    What! A house on the Battery?! NO! That is an historic section of our city! Put them in the college district if they actually have to come…good grief. Terrible.

      • Anonymous 8 August, 2013 at 23:05 Reply

        I live in park circle and I resent your comment ‘send them to north chuck’ there are fine people up here too. You’re an asshole.

    • Lauren 8 August, 2013 at 23:35 Reply

      What in the world is Charleston coming to. Will I not be able to enjoy a quiet day on the battery reading under the oak trees ever again?!

  2. please done come 7 August, 2013 at 16:53 Reply

    that show is still on..ugh why do they need to come a ruin our town, Columbia is a much better town for this trash

    • Really? 7 August, 2013 at 19:29 Reply

      If you’re going to insult another city, at least begin with proper grammar and spelling, especially if you’re calling it “trash”. Also, have the decency to pick another state to insult instead of another city in your own state. It makes you look bad and ignorant. Leave Columbia out of it.

  3. anon 7 August, 2013 at 23:10 Reply

    There should be a revolt, this will bring a bad reputation to charleston, ruin historic landmarks, and livelihoods, but if they are on the battery we can remind them of what happened to pirates who met an unpleasant death on the battery.

  4. Deez Nutz 7 August, 2013 at 23:21 Reply

    Please do not do this, we do not need this type of trashy press. I know everyone is already dreading that Southern Charm show. UGH!

  5. alex 8 August, 2013 at 14:14 Reply

    It really is a shame that they are even looking at charleston to do this… and they are looking at the battery for a house?? You realize those houses are historic and on top of that a pretty penny… good luck MTV! I have signed the petition and if somehow it doesn’t stop filming pray to whatever god you do that I dont hear which house your using…

  6. LPG 8 August, 2013 at 14:50 Reply

    How many other cities do you know of that people think badly of because the Real World was filmed there? It won’t ruin the city.

  7. Amy 8 August, 2013 at 19:31 Reply

    No! The last thing Charleston needs is for 21 year old trash to come to our beautiful city and run around like drunk losers and starts fights.

    No to Real World in Charleston. Leave our beautiful southern city alone!

  8. Sally 8 August, 2013 at 21:39 Reply

    This beautiful city does not need this trash. It’s southern charm and class, not the damn Jersey Shore. Take that mess somewhere else.

  9. Adrienne 8 August, 2013 at 22:57 Reply

    I think it’s a great idea! Well of course me not being from Charleston I have seen the true side of the “Holy City” What are people in Charleston afraid of ? The truth about the Holy City and that the name sure don’t fit what really goes on here in “The Dirty South” as the people of Charleston call their own state!!! Bring it on.

  10. Nimby 9 August, 2013 at 02:19 Reply

    I can never understand the thinking of people who don’t want any more tourists in “their” town. Do you idiots want the service industry jobs to dry up? Who do you think brings money into town? Boeing and tourists. If you aren’t a native Charlestonian then you are a tourist that came to town AND NEVER LEFT! MTV should do a Real World season here. It will bring finances and come on, how much traffic does their production crew create? None. None traffic, that’s how much. You and your friends will be squealing when you find yourself on the street watching them film or in bar where they’re filming. And you’ll all watch it too, when it airs.

    People ok with other tv shows but not The Real World Do you think it’s real? Is that what bothers you? Please don’t say you think The Real World is actually real. You are more intelligent than that.

    And about the “petition” on Change.org. Sometimes I think that you could create just about any petition on Change.org and college students/hipsters/young people would sign it. Then someone could create a petition asking for the opposite of the first petition and you’d sign that too. The guy who started the petition seems like more of a party animal than many of the stars of The Real World based on the pictures on his Facebook page. He looks like the kind of guy who walks up King Street with his drunk buddies in their prep clothes making adults who try to have a nice evening downtown decide to stay home. And he’s not from Charleston. He is causing increased traffic for native Charlestonians just by being here.

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