Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

“The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles” is set to premiere on November 24 on Paramount Plus, where seven of the original cast from “The Real World: Los Angeles” reunite in the same Venice Beach house they shared during the race of their 1993 season.

The documentaries will feature Beth Anthony, Beth Stolarczyk, David Edwards, Glen Naessens, Irene Berrera-Kearns, Jon Brennan and Tami Roman, who reconnect nearly two decades after last appearing on screen together. Like the previous “Real World Homecoming” season (“New York”), they will reflect on how the series changed their lives and potentially destroys old conflicts.

The Los Angeles season of “The Real World” premiered on MTV in the summer of 1993, originally under the name “The Real World: California”, and was a thematic departure from the show’s “New York” season, which launched the franchise in 1992. It also highlighted the series’ first — but not the last — expulsion of a castmate when Edwards, a stand-up comedian, pulled the bed linen of Tami Akbar (now Tami Roman) while she was in lingerie, and the cast voted to dump him out of the house. There ended up being nine co-stars during the show, with Naessens replacing Edwards and Anthony joining the midseason after Berrera-Kearns got married and left the show. Anthony, then nicknamed “Beth A” to distinguish her from Stolarczyk, continued the revolutionary LGBTQ representation that “The Real World” had begun on its first season with Norman Korpi: Anthony identified as a lesbian, which got her roommates – especially Roman – to reflect on their prejudices.

Since this show, Roman has been a mainstay of reality TV. She appeared on VH1’s “Basketball Wives” (after being married to NBA star Kenny Anderson), “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” and several other shows.

Stolarczyk moved from “The Real World” to a number of seasons of MTV’s competition program “The Challenge”, most recently in the special “All Stars” season. Brennan and Edwards also appeared on a couple of seasons of “The Challenge”. For Edwards, these stints came between scripted plays, such as “Family Reunion: The Movie” and “Scary Movie 3.”

Only cast members Aaron Behle (then CFO at UCLA) and Dominic Griffin (then bartender and Variety freelancer!) does not return to “Homecoming” nostalgia. According to their LinkedIn pages, they both work alive and well. Behle appears to be the CEO of a spectacle company in Costa Mesa, California, and Griffin’s side states that he has worked for the Disney Music Group since 2004.

“The Real World Homecoming” is produced by Sitarah Pendelton-Eaglin, Candida Boyette-Clemons and Nadim Amiry for MTV Entertainment Studios; and Jonathan Murray, Julie Pizzi, Erica Ross, Kevin Lee and James Knox for Bunim / Murray Productions. Skye Topic, Jacob Lane, Joe Rosenzweig and Lauren Goldstein act as co-executive producers, and George Verschoor is a consultant producer.

Watch a teaser below.

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