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Welcome to 'The Real World'

As taping winds down, we meet the cast members and peek inside the house.

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For the 16th season of its groundbreaking reality show 'The Real World,' MTV set up house at Third Street and San Jacinto Boulevard

and taped the lives of seven young people as they fought, made up, partied and filmed South by Southwest documentary. Front from left: Nehemiah,

Rachel, Danny and Melinda. Back from left: Lacey, Wes and Johanna.

"The Real World" has been one of the worst-kept secrets in Austin. Now that the production is packing up to leave town this week, the door to the mysterious warehouse at Third Street and San Jacinto Boulevard has been opened and the seven young cast members revealed.

"Do you want to take the tour?" asks Danny, a cheerful 21-year-old from Boston whose 3 1/2-month stay here is destined to be one of the focal points of the 16th season of the popular MTV reality show.

The house is a massive red brick structure with a huge neon sign on top that screams "Austin." A visitor is greeted at the door by a 20-foot Big Tex statue and drawn into a living area filled with bold colors and dramatic, made-for-TV lighting to accommodate the 44 discreetly placed cameras. Austin designer Joel Mozersky, who also did the ultra-hip nightclub Oslo, transformed the empty warehouse into a spectacular living space. Neon, vinyl and plastic give the place a '70s Jetsons feel, with a bit of a cowboy flair.

Beyond the living room, the space is dominated by a bright red and pink kitchen, an indoor pool with water streamers and colored lights, and a game area with a mini-basketball court. Three large bedrooms, a gold-tiled communal bathroom, a "pod" room with a big round bed (dubbed the Orgy Room by the male housemates) and a hot tub with a bar also are on the ground floor.

Upstairs is a game room with a pool table and a room where the cast can call or e-mail family and friends. And there's a "confessional" room, where cast members can go to record their thoughts and feelings in private

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'Real World': Inside Austin, Texas House

By DERRIK J. LANG

Associated Press Writer

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One of three bedrooms inside MTV's 'Real World' 2005 house in Austin, Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas - Over the past 15 seasons, each camera-laden home on MTV's "The Real World" has become as much of a character as the seven strangers picked to live within it.

For the sweet 16 season in Austin premiering June 21, MTV and Bunim-Murray Productions hired native interior design Joel Mozersky to transform an old warehouse into a reality TV domicile. "I got the job basically six weeks ago," Mozersky told The Associated Press last January during a tour of the house the day before the roomies were due to arrive. "I had full concept in a week. I had to present to the president of the company in a week. Construction has been three and a half weeks from rough space to this. So it's been quick."

But it doesn't show. Mozersky filled the space with Texas kitsch, art from friends, Italian furniture and a pool. Mozersky used "Real World" stature to expeditiously furnish the space. "It carries a lot of weight when I call and say I'm with `The Real World,'" Mozersky said. "I get a lot more than I would if I just called and said, 'Hey I'm working on this project.' That clout helps balance out the need for immediate gratification."

When the seven strangers enter their abode, they'll be greeted by an 18-foot tall neon cowboy named "Big Tex" (because he's holding a sign which says so). "When they walk in, I want them to feel like `Welcome to Texas!' and I don't think I could've said it any better than that," said Mozersky. As they moo-ve further into the warehouse, they'll notice an assemblage of vintage cowbells on the left wall.

A sleek vintage vinyl couch, lava stone coffee table and mod seats adorn the small living area. Two plastic bubble chairs hang above a white flokati shag rug. "I used the bubble chairs because I think they're a really fun chair," said Mozersky. "They can hold like two people. I don't know the exact weight requirement, but they can hold at least 300 pounds."

It might be hard to cook in a kitchen this loud. The walls are pink, the cabinets are red and a tree trunk with an island atop it sprouts up in the center. At least the stainless steel fridge is calming. It's loaded with organic goods. "I think red and pink together create a lot of energy as opposed to having flat wood," said Mozersky. "It'll make you stop changing the channel."

There's a small pool in the center of the warehouse, carved out of indigenous leuter stone. "I didn't know if it was going to be possible due to physics and things like that," said Mozersky. "We had to build up from the basement. I wanted it to be sort of monolithic like it grew out of the floor, almost like it was always here." The roomies can't even escape from the cameras while dipping in the pool: A camera is hidden below one of the jets. "It's more geared toward young adults getting together than anybody doing laps," added Mozersky.

This is the room where the seven strangers reveal their inner thoughts to a small camera mounted across from a fisherman's chair bolted onto the floor. Behind the chair is a wavy textured drywall sculpture infused with changing colored light. "That's actually the official `Real World' confessional chair that's been in many seasons," said Mozersky. "You don't ever see it because someone's sitting in it."

Not so much patio as hot tub room, with walls made of thin plastic sheeting. There are two entrances. Wooden benches and plants flank both sides. "I wanted to simulate the outdoors as much as possible considering it's sort of in an enclosed plastic area," said Mozersky.

Next to the patio is a large faux bois dining table. That's fake wood, for all you non-Frenchies out there. The "Real World"-ers also have a real wood bar. The walls behind the bar are adorned with cork wallpaper. "It's like a service bar for the exterior," said Mozersky. "The producer wanted it to feel like a Texas bar."

The name "sitting room" is more fitting for granny's house, but this space resembles something out of the Playboy mansion: It has one giant circular bed, exposed to all three bedrooms and the bathroom. "A lot of the creation of the rooms and the architecture is geared toward creating drama, like the orgy room being in the middle of everyone's bedroom so you have to suffer the humiliation of being seen by everyone if you're going to go to that level," said Mozersky. Talk about getting real.

Each of the three bedrooms is decorated with a native flora theme and corresponding decorative mural: thistle, tumbleweed and guava cactus. Two bedrooms have two beds while one room has three

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Wow, I'm not too sure if I will watch this entire season. I haven't since they were in New Orleans. Yes the show has become predictible and repetitive but maybe its because I have watched this show nearly half my life. I will be 30 in a couple months and this show debuted when I was 16. To me it seems younger kids aren't into in like we were. My son who will be 14 in July, ya ya do the math, never watches it with me or MTV for that matter. Usually when we watch TV together and I watch MTV he takes off. I remember in college the only shows we used to watch at the fraternity house were sports, Married with Children, and the Real World.

I'll watch the first couple episodes than decide if I will continue. I'm kinda interested what our younger posters think of the show.

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Don't forget the premiere is tonight!

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I watched tonight... reminds me of Vegas cast. Sex, booze, sex, booze... oh and did I mention sex and booze?

I know I'm spelling his name wrong but, Neliheigh was my favorite... hope he's the high quality of character that he displayed tonight. And, I really like Jo until the bar scenes... so, I hope that chick learns a good leasson as she's locked up in the clanker this season.

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I do remember Julie and all the cast member through New Orleans. I'm with you on this neb... good ole' days to me where when at least some the cast wanted to make something out of their lives and new that what happened on this show would have consequences to their future... hmmm, like real life for most of us. Actions = consequences

But, now they get on just so they don't have to get real lives or real jobs and they can live the rest of their lives doing the challenges and promotional work ... so, sad, imo.

Anyways... I had one more observation about this seasons cast. The hairdresser chick reminds me of RW Seattle and the curly headed girl that got slapped at the end by Stephen? I'm not saying that will happen to her in the end but, she is going to be the manipulator of this group ... once she figures out everyone's little buttons and "secrets"

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CiCimom I agree with you that Neliheigh as a favorire. The way he handled himself with those belligerent drunks was unprecedented by Real World standards. He could have easliy given Danny a matching black eye when he came in blaming him for getting the snot beat out of him, but he took the high ground. The only other one I remotely like is the freaky hair dresser. The rest need to go to AA and stop talking about who's gonna hook up with whom. But I also agree with Nebartist that this show has degenerated to just getting those kids tanked and letting them go wild. Yawn! bore! snooze! What's real about that? I highly doubt I will make it through this season too.

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Yes, the original Julie... they were kinda the same though right... they both played the innocent, sheltered girl that would be exposed to the world... "the real word" But, that's kinda what the show was about ... exposing our differnces and finding the commonality between us all... not just throw skanks and booze into a room and turning the camera to see what happens... ummm, let's see MTV porno... LOL

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I actually liked the Mormon Julie on New Orleans. She seemed a lot open minded then. Now she's just too self rightoeus for me.

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I actually liked the Mormon Julie on New Orleans. She seemed a lot open minded then. Now she's just too self rightoeus for me.

yeah same here. She was great on RW. Even liked her when she tried to Kill Veronica and Fight Coral.

But this time around on Inferno 2 I hated her.

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FROM TV GUIDE: The Water Cooler

The Real World: Austin

Even though it's been many seasons since I've really enjoyed The Real World, I keep trying to give it a chance to be the story of seven strangers I once knew and loved. Nope, not this time either. Maybe I'll watch it on mute from now on, so I can enjoy looking at their unfairly beautiful house and, OK, these unfairly beautiful people. Everything else can be boiled down to the same flavor of drama we got in Philly, San Diego, Chicago and Las Vegas. Let's review:

10:04 pm First bet that the housemates will cheat on their significant other (Nehemiah and Rachel).

10:07 First crush forms (Danny for Melinda)

10:17 Requisite game of Truth or Dare in hot tub

10:17:05 First orgy suggested (Melinda)

10:17:45 The declaration of virginity (Lacey)

10:18:08 Girl-on-girl makeout session for the benefit of the boys (Rachel and Melinda)

10:19 First group shower

10:27 Love triangle established (Danny, Melinda and Johanna)

10:28 Drunken makeout session masking real crush (Johanna for Danny)

10:46 Misunderstanding between dangerous alcoholic and protective friend (Johanna and Nehemiah)

10:47 First scary street brawl with fame-seeking strangers (Wes and Danny)

Scenes from the coming season include: more flirting, more making out, more brawls and at least one actual arrest. Hmmm, maybe I'll tune in for the highlights.

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This was nuts.

I don't know anyone who acts like these people in real life.

And I had some pretty wild days in my early 20's..

That Melinda girl needs to keep her clothes on.

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May seem early to ask... but anyone know where the next season of Real World will be held? I am disapointed with this season so far, very predictable, so I am already thinking of the next season :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow:

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May seem early to ask... but anyone know where the next season of Real World will be held? I am disapointed with this season so far, very predictable, so I am already thinking of the next season

I heard they are looking at Key West, Florida and already have location scouts out looking for buildings that can be converted but the official Bunim-Murray Production Company is saying "no comment."

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i have to say, i love the real world....was addicted for years, but now i think i'm growing out of it. the cast just seems to be getting younger and younger and more immature as the seasons go on. there used to be drama in the real sense, with real conversations and real interactions. now its drama when they're drinking(how fun is that to watch) and interactions and conversations when they are "hooking up" with each other.

i still watch the show for nastalgia's sake, but give me old school real world back!!!!

**that goes double for road rulez! i want the old ones back!!**

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Ok..

So Rachel is really annoying me, with her whole 'I was in the war' thing. 

Grrr..

are you talking about tonite's episode or next weeks? because if you are refering to next weeks I would wait to see what brought that on :wink:

I guess it was just her comment about Michael Moore when they were meeting with the director to find out their job .. she was kinda making negative comments about him because she was over there. She condemed his documentry because *she* was there .. and she just has a kind of holier than thou attitude about having been in the war. JMHO

And it pissed me off because I saw the documentry that he made .. and although he deffinately showed some of the questionable connections that the bush/chenny (sp?) families had to Iraq .. I think that he tried to portray a view of the war .. and the cost it was taking on human lives -- on BOTH sides of the ocean.

I can remember watching that dvd in my home .. and when they talked about the mom who was so proud her kids were serving .. and they showed later that he died .. and the part where they were overseas talking to people in iraq .. about how the bombs have destroyed their homes, and killed civilians ..

It just made me start bawling in my home. I just stared at the tv for like an hour after it was over. And I just couldn't stop crying. Talking about it now tears are coming to my eyes. This post is getting way off topic but it just hurts in so many places inside of me when I think about what this war has done to families .. and not just American families.

It really bothers me to think that other countries think that all American's don't care. That all Americans are like Bush. A friend of mine right now enrolled in the army several years ago to pay for school and is now in training in Mississippi preparing to get shipped over there. And at times I wonder if he goes over there if I am ever going to get to talk to him again.

So yeah. Rachel was annoying me. She obviously had quite the experience over there. She was in the war. As she says she saw soldgeirs dying. I think given that she should know there are reasons why people are going to speak against the war. Against the politics and finnical gians people are getting out of the war.

I got the impression by the way she said it that she hadn't actually ever seen that documentry he made. And it ticked me off.

< /rant>

After I just wrote all of that I realized that my anger is probably quite more emotionally motivated than I'd like for it to have been. I apologies if my views offend anyone.

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This was nuts.

I don't know anyone who acts like these people in real life. 

And I had some pretty wild days in my early 20's..

That Melinda girl needs to keep her clothes on.

I love this group of people especially Danny and Rachel and Wes...I know what it feels like to lose a mom and if I could meet Danny I would love to give him a big hug!

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