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‘World’ turns again

MTV returns to Gotham for 2 more seasons

MTV’s “The Real World” is returning to Gotham.

The 10th season of the reality skein, which is skedded to go into production in January, will be shot in New York, where the series started, confirmed MTV and “Real World” producers Bunim/Murray Prods.

MTV has also increased its commitment to the show, ordering the 11th season at the same time as the 10th and scheduling production of season 11, for which no destination has been chosen, to begin in May, immediately following the wrap of season 10.

Doubling up

Historically, “The Real World” has taped January through May to air later that year. The new commitment means that two original seasons of the skein will air within one year’s time, with season 10 debuting in June and season 11 in January 2002.

“We were very pleased that MTV ordered two seasons of ‘Real World,’ showing their support and allowing us to shoot during the summer and air during the winter,” said Mary-Ellis Bunim, co-creator and co-producer of the series. “It’s fresh and unexpected for this show.”

The January-June schedule, she added, “limits where we can take the show because of weather.”

MTV has also ordered another season of “Road Rules,” which will start production in January. While the destination for that series has not yet been determined, the “danger factor” is likely to be increased, according to Brian Graden, president of programming for MTV.

Locations not covered so far that intrigue Bunim include areas in South America, the Mediterranean and Scandinavia.

Graden said the current trend toward reality series on TV has not made MTV shy away from the genre, but rather made it more selective.

‘Long-term success’

“What better time to affirm their role in TV history and our belief in their long-term success,” Graden said, adding that MTV will preem its next reality effort, “Fear,” on Sept. 21.

While the house for the upcoming Gotham edition of “The Real World” has not yet been secured, areas that have been considered include Harlem, Chelsea, Gramercy Park, the Upper West Side and parts of Brooklyn.

The first season of “The Real World” was set in Gotham’s SoHo district.

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