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It's the fightin' borough! The "Real World: Brooklyn" extended trailer that hit The Internets today shows much conflict but little of its location. Looks like they've hired the Insert Drama Here "Hills" editors to shoot in the house for the series, premiering January 9.
We open with the housemates meeting each other... On the Coney Island boardwalk?! That's nowhere near their Red Hook loft, nor the Manhattan hangouts where the cast was spotted over the past few months. It must have been a pain in the binding contract for the newly arrived, glossy twentysomethings to have to drag their suitcases out to far south Brooklyn for a location shoot. No wonder Red Hook doesn't love them.
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The last Real World season set in New York was taken off the air abruptly after 9/11. How will "Real World: Brooklyn" fare in 2009, when it is set to debut?
We've been tracking the show's filming for months, but OMG, how will it compete with this season of "Top Chef" and "Hills" spinoff "The City," not to mention fictional friends "Ugly Betty" and "Gossip Girl"? We hope Kate, Sarah, Bella, Devyn, Scott, Ryan, JD and Chet are ready for their close-ups. (Or at least the drunken fights which have characterized the last five seasons of the MTV workhorse, which debuted in New York in 1992.)
The production has already gotten massive buzz thanks to the myopic New York news media and its status as possibly the first reality-TV show to directly invoke hipsters and hipsterdom. If The Kids like it, expect to see way more closeted hipsters (we're thinking of Kenley on last season's "Project Runway") able to better reveal their true natures to the world. Then, Williamsburg residents will have to find themselves a new scene.
· The "Real World: Brooklyn" Cast Revealed [Village Voice]
· "Real World: Brooklyn" Still Partying In Manhattan [Jaunted]
· "Real World: Brooklyn" coverage [Jaunted]
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We heard that the Real Worlders were hanging out with Brooklyn-based band Shiragirl earlier this fall, and it seems at least one cast member is seriously into the quartet: Devyn Simone got on stage with the group during its recent performance at CMJ.
The show was at The Trash Bar, not far from the last Real World-Shiragirl mashup at Public Assembly. Still, why all the gigs in Williamsburg? Are all the venues Red Hook really turning away the cast?
Newly engaged and de-nicknamed Jezebel editor Tracie Egan had a chance to catch up with some hula hooping Real Worlders on October 11, and, well, we'll let her tell it:
So this party was thrown by the co-worker of my BFF, both of whom work for Viacom. The loft was in this huge commercial space, replete with a multi-stall public bathroom on the first floor.
I was told that like 13 people live there, and I guess they supplement their income by throwing these parties and charging people a lot of money to get in.
And what of the cast?
It's been a bit since we've heard anything out of the "Real World: Brooklyn" kids, but that doesn't mean they've stopped kicking around their nabe. City-centric blog NewYorkology spied the cast at Red Hook's landmark grocery store:
"Real World: Brooklyn" kids filming in the Fairway parking lot... in the backseat of a car.
There you have it: Even when laying low, reality stars are trashy.
[Photo of Fairway: Live Search]
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Depending on your feelings about "The Real World: Brooklyn," the blogger behind Driven by Boredom is either the luckiest or sorriest guy on New York's nightlife scene this month.
After seeing cast member Chet Cannon canoodling with Whitney Thompson, he bumped into the reality show stars-in-the-making at another rock show, this time at Public Assembly in Williamsburg:
Once again "The Real World" has snuck into my life to see another friend's band. First it was Semi Precious Weapons and now its Shiragirl. This time I did some apologizing to the cast for the drama I may have caused them particularly Chet Cannon and Scott.
Chet wanted me to make it very clear that he is not engaged, and both of them know this sort of thing comes with the package of being on TV. When it is all over Chet is going to get a job in finance and Scott hopes to make it as an actor.
At least they were having fun in Brooklyn this time!
· Shiragirl v. "The Real World" [DbB]
· "Real World: Brooklyn" Borough Avoidance Explained [Jaunted]
· Chasing "The Real World" Map [Jaunted]
[Photo of Public Assembly: Google]
The cast members of "Real World: Brooklyn" have been spotted again in Manhattan, and a tipster sent us this report:
I was partying at Hawaiian Tropic on Saturday nite and guess who was there... None other then "Real World: Brooklyn!" They seem really cool. Someone I know was talking to them and T-Pain was also there.
MTV reality shows: From Hell Square to Times Square!
· Hawaiian Tropic Zone [Official Site]
· "Real World: Brooklyn": Fashion Week Edition [Jaunted]
· "Real World: Brooklyn" Borough Avoidance Explained [Jaunted]
So maybe the reason the cast members of "Real World: Brooklyn" keep hanging out in Manhattan is because no one in their neighborhood of Red Hook actually likes them!
Says one local:
The whole operation has been pretty low-key, and they haven't bothered us much. That's because everybody in Red Hook is saying "no way," and shutting the door on them.
Filming is slated to continue for another couple months before the show--which we probably won't even need to watch by then--debuts in January 2009.
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It was a veritable reality show love-fest at the Semi Precious Weapons Fashion Week Party at Rebel in Manhattan Monday night: "Real World: Brooklyn"'s resident Mormon skaterboi Chet Cannon got cozy with ANTM's Whitney Thompson.
More of the cast was also in the house, dancing it up in the front row before partying with the glam rockers.
Says a tipster:
The cast was out Friday night at Libation on Ludlow Street on the LES.
Ugh. It's reality show antics like this that reminds us why they call that part of town Hell Square!
· "Real World: Brooklyn" Keeping It Local in Prospect Park [Jaunted]
· Chasing "The Real World: Brooklyn" coverage [Jaunted]
After an outing to Manhattan for lunch at a scene-y spot, the "Real World: Brooklyn" cast is making an effort to explore its eponymous borough. The latest reported sighting had the kiddies enjoying the always-happening Prospect Park:
If you saw a bunch hipsters in Prospect Park being followed by cameras, it wasn't your imagination, it was "Real World: Brooklyn."
[Photo of Prospect Park: perke]
Sidewalk cafes are big this time of year in New York, but wouldn't the less-trafficked streets of Red Hook be a more pleasant place for an al fresco lunch than a bustling corner in Chelsea? Not if you're filming The Real World and want a cool shot!
The cast was seen lunching Tuesday at still-sizzling Cafeteria, which New York magazine once praised for its people-watching:
You're sure to run into someone you know, or at least recognize from US Weekly.
The real question is why the cast wasn't at Delicatessen, the brand new SoHo spot from the same owners.