MTV is taking the Real World back to a familiar place as the 24th season of the reality show was filmed in New Orleans.
The Real World: Back To New Orleans is set to premiere tonight June 30th at 10 p.m. eastern. The new season features eight new cast members and promises to bring the drama, romance, and drinking that the Real World fans have grown accustomed to.
“Once again, eight diverse strangers come together in the “Who Dat Nation” to experience life, love, and the 24-hour party that is New Orleans, while also discovering a passion for the city’s legendary food and music. The premiere episode opens up with the roommates in the middle of The French Quarter, where they quickly find out first impressions are not always what they seem,” reveals the press release.
And though the new season has yet to premiere, the cast made headlines back in March when cops were called to the house by cast member Ryan Leslie, who complained that his housemate, Preston Roberson-Charles, with whom he had an argument three weeks earlier, urinated on his toothbrush, and used it to scrub in the inside of a toilet bowl, causing a subsequent sore throat and fever experienced that required Leslie to go to the hospital on February 21, where he was treated for a viral infection.
According to Ryan, Preston previously called him a gay slur and threatened to take some action against his belongings. Ryan learned that Preston had soiled his toothbrush only after he had been using it for two weeks.
The first Real World New Orleans debuted 10 years ago.
MEET THE CAST BELOW –
McKenzie Coburn, 21 – McKenzie is a down to earth sorority girl attending the University of Central Florida and majoring in psychology. Raised on Florida’s beaches with her three siblings and happily married parents, McKenzie’s childhood was pretty idyllic. As a practicing Catholic who experiences her beliefs on a deep and emotional level, McKenzie is nonetheless quite open-minded.
Eric Patrick, 24 – It’s not often that you meet a Real World roommate who’s a stand-up comic AND holds a job at the State Department, traveling the globe briefing foreign service personnel on American policy. Far from Mr. Serious, Eric’s true passion is comedy, and he’s already made significant progress in his career, performing regularly and winning several competitions.
Ashlee Feldman, 23 – Coming to New Orleans fresh out of a rocky break up, Ashlee is anxious to explore new opportunities. That could include pursuing her ultimate dream job of being a sideline sports reporter. Or it might just mean partying hard in the Big Easy. Ashlee grew up in a small New Jersey suburb.
Ryan Knight, 23 – Knight is a 23 year-old Wisconsin native who has lived and breathed hockey for as long as he can remember. Recently his life was turned upside down after a severe shoulder injury cost him his athletic/academic scholarship at Arizona State University and left him unable to play the sport. During recovery he became addicted to painkillers, and now everyday is a battle to remain clean.
Ryan Leslie, 21 – One part: unpredictable, two parts: ADHD and OCD, twenty-one year old Ryan is one of the most bizarre roommates in New Orleans. Whether it’s his fascination with cold ears or his tendency to chase his roommates around the house naked, Ryan’s high energy makes him the life of the party and chief instigator of the group.
Sahar Dika, 21 – Sahar grew up in a conservative Arab community in Dearborn, MI. It would be easy to assume that because of that she’s a submissive, conservative girl. But that would not be the case. She’s a strong-willed, liberal Muslim who is not easily intimidated. Expect her to speak her mind.
Jemmye Carroll, 22 – As vocal supporter of gay marriage and legalization of marijuana, Jemmye doesn’t necessarily come off as someone from a conservative Mississippi hometown. She enjoys casual sex with no commitment, and she has a preference for black men (until she meets fellow roommate, Knight), which is about as scandalous as it gets in her heavily Southern Baptist community.
Preston Roberson-Charles, 22 – Preston’s first childhood memory is of crying in the back seat of the car while his mother went to score crack. Needless to say, his family life was anything but ideal. When he was 17, his mother essentially abandoned him, leaving Preston to fend for himself. Despite a rough childhood, he’s somehow managed to grow into a carefree individual who walks to the beat of his own drum. As a proud, young, gay, black man, Preston strives to be the center of attention.