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‘The Challenge’ Renewed by MTV for 25th Season (Exclusive)

Renewal follows strong performance from 'Rivals II' this summer on MTV

MTV is cooking up another season of “The Challenge,” a spinoff to its venerable “Real World” franchise, Variety has learned.

The cable net has handed a 25th season to the competition program, though details about the forthcoming season are still under wraps. Season 25 will begin lensing this fall in an undisclosed location, and air next year, presumably after “The Real World’s” latest season (in San Francisco) concludes on the net.

“The Challenge” pits former “Real World” and “Challenge” cast members against each other in a series of stunts as they all compete for the top cash prize. In past seasons, the show has boasted themes including “Battle of the Exes,” “Battle of the Seasons,” and “Rivals” in locations including Thailand, Brazil and the Dominican Republic.

The most recent iteration of “The Challenge” was “Rivals II,” which finished its run on the net at the end of September and saw a 54% spike in viewership compared to the previous year’s “The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons” finale. The “Rivals II” finale drew 2.2 million total viewers to MTV, and also benefited from DVR and online streaming playback.

“The Challenge” is produced by “Real World” shingle Bunim-Murray Prods. Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Scott Freeman and Justin Booth exec produce.

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