…is what MTV should have named the 24th edition of The (Mad) Real World (return to New Orleans). The longest running reality show of all-time is the only program of its kind that I continue to peep season in, season out. Probably because the producers keep the formula REAL simple and haven’t changed a thing since Day 1 (if it ain’t broke). Canada is exactly 3 weeks behind the American broadcast schedule as per usual (what’s the point, MTV Canada?). Regardless, after catching the premiere yesterday evening (aka early morning PVR-stylee), here are some quick thoughts regarding my first impressions of each house member:
- Eric: Smooth, classy cat. Straight up and stand up (comedian!).
- Preston: If Pharrell had a gay cousin (and maybe he does, I don’t know), then Preston would be him. Cool, funny and very well-dressed.
- Ryan: I want to punch this irritating, ultra-sensitive, homophobic dickhead square on the jaw (and that was how I felt when the introductions were made, long before the drama with Preston). The heel of the group has been firmly established.
- McKenzie: Her cute but uber-conservative ass needs a trip to the dark side, stat. However, her mega lush tendencies (and apparent alcohol induced black outs) should make for some funny drunk moments (well, funny for the viewers).
- Ashlee: It’s all about the luscious lips on this Jersey girl (transplanted into Beantown). And her athletic, power tool-selling physique could certainly kick my ass (I wouldn’t want to piss her off, no doubt).
- Sahar: In Eric’s words: “Sahar is definitely a girl that I would hook up with.” Right on.
- Knight: (to Preston after the drama while out on the town) “If you get hit by a hairstylist, would you be upset?” Haha. I wish mildly-amusing hockey guy would punch out insufferable bleached-blonde boy this season. But then dude would be sent home. Remember, this is Real World, not Jersey Shore (season 2 hummin’ cummin’ at cha real soon!). And I agree, guys SHOULD have (deez) nuts to handle their bidness.
- Jemmye (like Jimmy): Wow. This super southern country bumpkin is the wild child/card in the house. She had me at *flashing her “vajayjay tattoo” in the audition tape* Jem and Presto! are pure comedy together (and the most interesting roomie combo). Plus, ya gotta love her lack of pajamas and resulting erotic sleepwear *thumbs up*
In conclusion, I’m lovin’ this cast and the culture rich NOLA setting ensures for maximum sin potential across the board. And how about Kermit Ruffins (local New Orleans jazz legend and awesomely authentic Treme season one cast member) playing his horn during the city intro vignettes? Kermit be getting mad HBO and MTV pape$! And man, this show always makes me want to grab a drink to enhance the debauchery-stacked enjoyment (for this ep, I polished off my last can of Strongbow cider). Which reminds me that I’m out of beer for the first time this summer. Ti-ti-ti-time for a refill…later today (a 12-pack of over-sized Sapporo cans should do the trick). So unlike many of its detractors out there, I sure hope that the O.G. of reality TV lives on. “4…LIFE.” (c) Hollywood Hogan