The Real World casting in Baton Rouge, plus other MTV news

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Do you remember when MTV's flagship reality show The Real World cast people other than generically hot 20-somethings? There were quirky, non-traditionally attractive Janeane Garofalo types; Catholics, Mormons and devout believers of other religions seemingly at odds with MTV's ethos; endearingly nerdy guys and — you may not believe this — adult virgins who were virgins by choice. Now everyone on the show sees The Real World as a jumping point for a career in reality TV, so all cast members are fake-tanned functional alcoholics hoping to one day be on Celebrity Apprentice (or at least on one of MTV's Challenge shows).

But now it seems MTV is trying to get back to those days of intriguing housemates in this round of casting calls, and they're stopping at Baton Rouge this Saturday, Oct. 29 at a place called Mugshots (appropriate) on 7425 Corporate Blvd. Looks like they're not casting in THE NOLA BABYY (Real World: New Orleans reference) this go 'round.

Fox 8 reports MTV is looking for "applicants who have challenges living an everyday life that most take for granted." Some examples of ideal candidates include people who are ...

... struggling with weight issues, affected by a natural disaster, products of home or alternative schooling, followers of unrecognized or non-mainstream belief systems, elite athletes, recent graduates affected by the economic downturn, those involved with goth, emo, or punk subculture, members of a pro-abstinence organization, those who are recently single due to a tragedy, someone who has recently gotten out of the foster care system, and individuals who want to bring the spotlight of The Real World to a cause, condition, or social issue they care deeply about or are personally affected by. They are also particularly interested in cast members who have had to work hard to support themselves and move ahead in their lives.

It'll be interesting to see who MTV recruits using these very specific guidelines; hopefully a goth virgin with weight issues who was affected by a natural disaster will be in the mix. The auditions are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information here.

In other MTV news, while poking around the MTV casting website I noticed polarizing sex advice columnist/gay activist Dan Savage will be casting for his upcoming TV series at Tulane University from Dec. 5 to Dec. 8. If you're a college student aged 18 or older with a weird sex/relationship question (and, if you've ever read Savage's Savage Love columns you know that "weird" encompasses a lot), ask your question and it/you may appear on the show. More info here.

Via Fox 8

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