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The Real World

With three Americans, two Brits, a student from Berlin and a model from Australia, MTV is presumably hoping the "We Are the World" theme will illustrate that it takes all kinds to make a horse race. Cable web is also using the international flavor as an impetus for bowing the series on MTV Europe simultaneously with its U.S. airings.

With three Americans, two Brits, a student from Berlin and a model from Australia, MTV is presumably hoping the “We Are the World” theme will illustrate that it takes all kinds to make a horse race. Cable web is also using the international flavor as an impetus for bowing the series on MTV Europe simultaneously with its U.S. airings.

Though cast appears deeper than those in previous outings, most are showbiz wannabes, majoring in entertainment industry endeavors, while seemingly minoring in becoming famous. The roommates’ backgrounds are also more aligned than in previous outings.

Jay, a 19-year-old Presidential scholar (in recognition of his skill as a playwright), says he wanted to move to London to check out the theater scene; he appears the most articulate of the bunch. Kat, also 19, is a bubbly anthropology major from NYU, who is an Olympic hopeful, financing her college education on a fencing scholarship.

Mike, 21, a fresh-scrubbed budding race car driver, appears to have the least in common with the crew and is bound to be at the center of future discord.

Jacinda, 22, a worldly, Paris-based model who has been traveling the world since she was 17, is a stark contrast to Sharon, an overly effervescent 20 -year-old local singer who at times takes on the role of den mother.

Neil, a 24-year-old U.K. native and graduate of Oxford’s Wadham College and PhD candidate who moonlights as a punk rocker, is the most colorful of the set; Lars, a Berlin resident and chain smoker who works as a deejay with designs on an entry into the music biz, comes off as the most benign.

Well-chosen popular music tracks buffer the segs, telling as much of the story as the intra-resident bickering. When both elements are in full swing, the show is actually worth watching.

The Real World

(Wed. (28), 10-10:30 p.m., MTV)

Production: Filmed in London by Bunim/Murray Prods. in association with MTV. Executive producers, Mary-Ellis Bunim, Jonathan Murray; producer, George Verschoor; coordinating producer, Matt Kunitz; directors, Robert Fisher Jr., Verschoor; camera, Pete Coley; editors, Oskar Dektyar, Sean Travis; production designer, Amanda Bernstein; lighting designer, Alex Gordon; audio, Callum Bulmer, Mags Scholes, Nick Walker, Steve Brown; music, Dan DiPrima. Though this first episode of a new season of MTV's "The Real World" covers the requisite introductions, the producers apparently have recognized that viewers just want to see the roommates clash. As a result, the events in this seg unfold rather briskly, marking an auspicious debut for the fourth season of this voyeur's delight. Originating from London, the return of this angst-ridden soap opera marks the cabler's first international group of adults.

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