The Real World

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Channing Tatum's New Orleans bar/restaurant is opening in October

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM

In the latest Hollyweird South news (aside from Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds — who totally fell in love while filming Green Lantern here — getting secretly married this weekend), the sexy New Orleans bar/restaurant from Magic Mike star Channing Tatum called Saints and Sinners will open within the first two weeks of October. The restaurant is located on 627 Bourbon St., just "stumbling/staggering distance" (as every media outlet is saying) from Pat O'Brien's for all you French Quarter glug-glugs.

There's scant information about what exactly this place will offer, but here's what we know about Saints and Sinners, a phrase that's never been used before for a New Orleansy thing:

- On Monday's episode of the pinot grigio-soaked Bravo trainwreck Watch What Happens Live, Tatum's wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum talked a little bit about the restaurant. All she said was that it's "burlesque-themed" and that there will be no male strippers involved in an official capacity. The video is below; she starts talking about Saints and Sinners around the :50 mark.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

When people stop being polite: Louisiana reality TV stars who have had trouble with the law

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Reality star/Mojo user William “Billy” Bretherton
Yesterday the Associated Press reported William “Billy” Bretherton from the A&E reality series Billy the Exterminator, which is set in Benton, La., was arrested for doing the silliest thing ever — being in possession of fake weed, aka Mojo (the proto-bath salts, which you may have seen in the news lately). It seems personalities from Louisiana-based reality TV shows have a knack for getting into trouble. Here's others who have encountered some non-televised legal drama.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Another toothbrush incident on The Real World

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 4:52 PM

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  • Screengrab from TMZ
This week is filled with Real World news!

In case you've wiped it from your memory as part of some sort of intensive post-traumatic therapy, The Real World New Orleans was a show that existed. On it, cast member Ryan Leslie discovered a fellow housemate peed on his toothbrush and he tried to get the police involved over it. The intrepid folks at the Times-Picayune were on it even before the show aired.

But it seems Real World Chicago alum Tonya Cooley has him beat with her accusation of toothbrush assault: according to a lawsuit, she's saying male cast members raped her with a toothbrush while taping the spin-off Challenge: The Ruins. Cooley also claims show producers were aware of the incident but didn't do anything.

A word of caution to anyone heading to Baton Rouge to audition for the show tomorrow: if you end up being among the seven feral humans selected to get drunk on television, beware of toothbrush assault.

Via TMZ

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Real World casting in Baton Rouge, plus other MTV news

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Do you remember when MTV's flagship reality show The Real World cast people other than generically hot 20-somethings? There were quirky, non-traditionally attractive Janeane Garofalo types; Catholics, Mormons and devout believers of other religions seemingly at odds with MTV's ethos; endearingly nerdy guys and — you may not believe this — adult virgins who were virgins by choice. Now everyone on the show sees The Real World as a jumping point for a career in reality TV, so all cast members are fake-tanned functional alcoholics hoping to one day be on Celebrity Apprentice (or at least on one of MTV's Challenge shows).

But now it seems MTV is trying to get back to those days of intriguing housemates in this round of casting calls, and they're stopping at Baton Rouge this Saturday, Oct. 29 at a place called Mugshots (appropriate) on 7425 Corporate Blvd. Looks like they're not casting in THE NOLA BABYY (Real World: New Orleans reference) this go 'round.

Fox 8 reports MTV is looking for "applicants who have challenges living an everyday life that most take for granted." Some examples of ideal candidates include people who are ...

... struggling with weight issues, affected by a natural disaster, products of home or alternative schooling, followers of unrecognized or non-mainstream belief systems, elite athletes, recent graduates affected by the economic downturn, those involved with goth, emo, or punk subculture, members of a pro-abstinence organization, those who are recently single due to a tragedy, someone who has recently gotten out of the foster care system, and individuals who want to bring the spotlight of The Real World to a cause, condition, or social issue they care deeply about or are personally affected by. They are also particularly interested in cast members who have had to work hard to support themselves and move ahead in their lives.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bad Girls Club: New Orleans to air July 11

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 1:03 PM

New Orleans, meet your next embarrassment. (Image screen-grabbed from Oxygen site)
  • New Orleans, meet your next embarrassment. (Image screen-grabbed from Oxygen site)

Back in February, Kenner's collective feathers were ruffled when the Oxygen reality show Bad Girls Club rolled into town with its feral women and tawdry purple house columns. Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni initially pulled the plug on the production, citing a zoning law. But the fracas eventually subsided and the Bad Girls taping quietly carried on, and Oxygen will air the show starting July 11.

The last time we heard about the Bad Girls was back in April, when they took to the catwalk for a Fashion Week New Orleans event and a few weeks later, when the Times-Picayune reported two of the cast members had been cited for fighting. The supposed victim of the fight claimed her assailant "... is 200 pounds" and that "I am prettier than her and she doesn't like it." (This is very reminiscent of the Real World: New Orleans toothbrush incident the Picayune reported before the show aired.)

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What the Real World: New Orleans goons are doing these days

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 6:15 PM

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  • Screengrab from Radar

This past summer we saw the sloppy romance between leggings-as-pants wearer Jemmye Carroll and recovering pill popper Ryan Knight unfold before our very eyes, amidst Five-Dollar Footlongs and piles of Mardi Gras beads on The Real World: New Orleans. It seems the pair is still together — guess you just can't forget the one who took your "white boy virginity" — and they got arrested after a bar fight in Panama City Beach, Fla. on March 14.

Radar reports the pair was taken to jail after getting into fisticuffs with the bar's bouncer. Carroll provided an account of the incident on her Twitter account, saying Knight got roped into the fight because he was protecting her. Aw!:

“went 2 jail Bc a security guy punched me black eye from a grown a** man yet the police arrest me This is y women are to scared 2 go 2 cops ... About to own PCB.... F**ked with the wrong bitch....& yes @KnightRW24 went to jail for defending me.”

I'm not sure what any of that means, either.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Something called Bad Girls Boot Camp is happening in Kenner

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 3:46 PM

It looks like Kenner is the latest victim in a growing trend of reality TV shows being filmed, or holding casting calls, in Louisiana. The Times-Picayune reports a show called Bad Girls Boot Camp is being filmed for the Oxygen network in the former residence of ex-New Orleans Hornets coach Byron Scott, and neighbors are upset!

The article doesn't have much information, except that the columns of the home on 100 Chateau St. Michel Drive have been painted purple for the show ("Upsetting!" a Kenner resident cries, clutching her pearls). Oxygen already airs a series called Bad Girls Club, on which feral women yell and throw things at each other, so it's likely this is a Charm School-style spin-off. Real World creators Bunim/Murray Productions also produces Bad Girls Club — so maybe our friend Jemmye Carroll is one of the cast members? We can only hope.

At 7:30 p.m. tonight, Kenner's Chateau Country Club and Golf Course — which borders the Skank House — is hosting a meeting for neighbors to voice their concerns about the show's filming. There's no information in the article about what these concerns might be, but I'm assuming the following complaints might arise:

- Wind-carried tufts of ripped-out hair extensions are littering neighbors' lawns
- Acrylic nails shards are getting stuck in lawn mowers and children's feet
- Shrieks and sounds of shattering Champagne flutes are heard at late hours
- The giant pink Hummer limo used to transport contestants is unsightly
- Contestants have been confusing Chateau golf course holes with toilets and are using them accordingly

Kenner, I know it's annoying to have a house full of mentally disturbed former cocktail waitresses in your neighborhood, but try to look on the bright side. Nola.com user TheSixWardGhostWontDie3 says it best:

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Via Times-Picayune.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

"The Real World" explained: It's been real, ya'll

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 6:28 PM

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These weekly posts are intended as an episode-by-episode guide to the many psychological ailments, drunken gibberish, senseless actions, Bourbon Street mixed drinks and other embarrassments on MTV’s The Real World: New Orleans.

It contains spoilers — and who cares? You stopped watching this show several years ago — but also a lot of information that might help viewers of the series come to terms with their outrage over the cast’s cultural vandalism of New Orleans (and what was once a really lovely Uptown house), and also the bleak, black future of our society.

The emotional trauma caused by the show admittedly makes such coverage an overwhelming task, so posts may be supplemented by information culled from Wikipedia, WebMD and un-scientific polls of nearby Gambit staffers. Readers are also encouraged to submit any comments that may help us make sense of this wreckage.

On the shocking finale of the The Real World: New Orleans, Knight decided to finally confront Ryan at the Airline Highway hotel where he staying. It was crazy! Ryan had pretty much beat Knight to a bloody pulp until, suddenly, Jemmye burst in and shot Ryan in the back of his head. Then the rest of the housemates walked in the bloodstained room and they all just stood there and looked at each other — a tacit agreement that they would tell no one else about what happened.

Nah, just kidding. That didn’t happen. But there was lots of tears and broken home furnishings in the finale of the show that has invariably repulsed and amused us for the past three months (and by "us" I mostly mean me). Let us sift through the piles of Mardi Gras beads, de-pin the Voodoo dolls, dispose of the Subway sandwich wrappers, wash our feet of that mysterious Bourbon Street fifth and say goodbye to the roommates that care forgot.

“Done.” No longer are people simply “single” or “in a relationship.” Ever since Facebook injected “it’s complicated” into modern vernacular, one’s relationship status can now take on many fluid forms that all come with their own vague terminology. If reality television is a reflection of what’s going on in the real world — God help us — then “done” has emerged as a new relationship signifier. Sahar proclaims she’s “done” with Pablo/Eli after his Grey Goose bender in New Orleans (she eventually reconsiders, but more on that later!). According to Jersey Shore, being “done” is a natural progression from “doing you” after that doesn’t work out, and when you inevitably are over being “done,” you eventually get to a “good place” and — if that works out — you are now officially someone’s “girl” or "man."

The Tchoupitoulas Challenge. Creole Creamery’s mega-sundae includes eight scoops of ice cream and eight toppings with whipped cream, cherries and wafers. And if you eat the whole thing in one sitting without any help, the ice cream shop rewards you for your time and assault on your digestive system with … a small placard with your name on it. So Knight and Eric attempted the Challenge (perhaps as an audition for The Challenge?) and threw up all over Prytania Street. Dairy, man. It’s a killer.

(Also, can we talk about how when Jemmye walks in to Creole Creamery, all the roommates who are already there start clapping for her? I wonder if they clap any time Jemmye manages to find her way anywhere. Yay, Jemmye!)

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

"The Real World" explained: It could be much worse

Posted By on Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Knight experiences firsthand the salsa crimes threatening New Orleans' homeless.
  • Knight experiences firsthand the salsa crimes threatening New Orleans' homeless.

These weekly posts are intended as an episode-by-episode guide to the many psychological ailments, drunken gibberish, senseless actions, Bourbon Street mixed drinks and other embarrassments on MTV’s The Real World: New Orleans.
It contains spoilers — and who cares? You stopped watching this show several years ago — but also a lot of information that might help viewers of the series come to terms with their outrage over the cast’s cultural vandalism of New Orleans (and what was once a really lovely Uptown house), and also the bleak, black future of our society.

The emotional trauma caused by the show admittedly makes such coverage an overwhelming task, so posts may be supplemented by information culled from Wikipedia, WebMD and un-scientific polls of nearby Gambit staffers. Readers are also encouraged to submit any comments that may help us make sense of this wreckage.

Last night’s episode was all about perspectives. Yes, you’re living in a Disney World attraction — the chaotic decor of which mirrors your deteriorating sanity — but you could be living on the streets! Yes, you’re sort-of dating the male version of yourself who reflects and brings out your worse qualities (and has some awful teeth, to boot), but there are worse people out there! The Real World cast has a lot to be thankful for.

(And by the way, next week's is the last episode! Are you planning your finale party yet? It's easy: just throw Mardi Gras beads all over your living room and serve "Real World Cocktails" made with vodka and red food coloring.)
Real World nuptials. At the beginning of the episode, everyone gets drunk and tries to convince Jemmye and Knight to get married, with Ashlee officiating (all she would need is an online certificate and her fancy dress-sweatshirt, which she reserves for special occasions). The wedding never happens, and Jemmye punches Knight in the face. But anyway, did you know Real World cast members have actually “tied the knot” on the show? It’s true! According to Dr. Samuel J. Wikipedia, noted reality television historian, Los Angeles season cast member Irene Barrera-Kearns got married on the show and Pedro Zamora (R.I.P.!) exchanged wedding vows with his boyfriend during the San Francisco season.
Homelessness. Because New Orleans Mission boss lady/unofficial Real World house mother Loretta has a terrific sense of humor (or genuinely wants to teach these brats a lesson, I don’t know), she asked the cast to spend a night as homeless people would at the Mission. Preston, chronic avoider of volunteer work and all things altruistic, declined. But everyone else was excited! McKenzie said it was like going to a sleepover. The cast members fully immersed themselves in homeless life by begging for food (sneaking out to buy it from a gay bar), running from the fuzz (Loretta) and engaging in turf warfare (flour and salsa fights). All in all, it pretty much was like a sleepover, minus McKenzie’s friend’s weird dad who would stand all night staring through the cracked bedroom door, hoping to sneak a peak at her in her nightgown.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

"The Real World" explained: The Life of Ryan

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 10:11 PM

O Brother (and Cousin), Where Art Thou?
  • O Brother (and Cousin), Where Art Thou?

These weekly posts are intended as an episode-by-episode guide to the many psychological ailments, drunken gibberish, senseless actions, Bourbon Street mixed drinks and other embarrassments on MTV’s The Real World: New Orleans.
It contains spoilers — and who cares? You stopped watching this show several years ago — but also a lot of information that might help viewers of the series come to terms with their outrage over the cast’s cultural vandalism of New Orleans (and what was once a really lovely Uptown house), and also the bleak, black future of our society.
The emotional trauma caused by the show admittedly makes such coverage an overwhelming task, so posts may be supplemented by information culled from Wikipedia, WebMD and un-scientific polls of nearby Gambit staffers. Readers are also encouraged to submit any comments that may help us make sense of this wreckage.
When you’re living in a house occupied by feral creatures with names like “Jemmye” and, somehow, you manage to distinguish yourself as the most insane, uncivilized and flatulent one of them all, the only thing left to do is leave. So like Puck and some other people from other seasons, Ryan joins the list of Real World cast members who were called back to God before their time. Let us remember Ryan, the hairdresser with a heart of gold (and also many mental disorders).
Brother and Cousin. Just when you thought the life of Ryan couldn’t be more of a cartoon, we meet his brother and cousin — who are apparently named Brother and Cousin (this is probably because they didn’t want their names on TV, but I desperately want to believe that “Brother” and “Cousin” are their Christian names so just let me tell myself that, OK? Please let me believe that). Eric, who I guess talks now, described the three as “the Three Stooges meets All-American Rejects,” and that’s kind of perfect. Other fitting descriptions: a group of cavemen that just discovered Fall Out Boy, PacSun employees who send VHS tapes of themselves jumping off buildings to Jackass even though it doesn’t air anymore, or, just Ryan and two brown-haired versions of Ryan. When they’re around each other, they communicate only in grunts and farts.

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