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Columbus earns the chance to get ‘Real’

Las Vegas,’ now in its 25th season, is currently airing on MTV.

Want to be one of seven strangers picked to live in a house and have your life taped? You might get your chance.

Casting directors for Bunim/Murray Productions, producers of MTV’s long-running reality show, “The Real World,” will be holding an open casting call Saturday at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon in the South Campus Gateway. The casting call will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Casting will be for the next season of the show, its 26th. The location for the season has not been released.

This isn’t the first “Real World” casting call in Columbus. Producers have held casting calls for the last three seasons at Panini’s Bar and Grill and as recently as last May for the show’s current season. Columbus has been a popular casting site for the show because of Ohio State and its diverse population, said Damon Furberg, lead casting director for “The Real World.”

“We have always had some of our highest turnouts and best quality applicants in Columbus, and a diverse and interesting mix of people,” he said. “Obviously the proximity to OSU is a big part of what makes that happen.”

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and appear to be between the ages of 18 and 24. Applicants must also bring a photo ID and a recent photo.

“We look for characters from real life; people with strong personalities who are unafraid to speak their minds,” said Jonathan Murray, executive producer of “The Real World,” in a press release.

The 25th season of “The Real World,” set in Las Vegas, is now airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. MTV renewed “The Real World” for an additional two seasons last week, which will push the show to at least a 28th season.


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