Picks and Pans Review: The Real World
MTV (Thursdays, 10 p.m. ET)
It’s the third go-round for MTV’s melting-pot concept, which throws together a group of young strangers into a communal setting and films the results. So we gel seven new faces in a new city (San Francisco). But we get the same old tricks.
It’s clear by now that the one thing the creators of this show demand of their subjects is sparks—preferably romantic, but failing that, antagonistic. In the last arc the roommates were fighting before the bags were unpacked. This crowd may not be so accommodating. Sure, the gloves start coming off over the hygiene habits of Puck, the rowdy anarchic bike messenger in their midst. But even here, they all agree. This septet just has more highly evolved communication skills. They have a problem? They sit down and talk about it. BOR-ING!!! Or maybe the novelty has just worn off this experiment. Whatever.