MTV reveals 'Road Rules 2007: Viewers Revenge' cast and details
By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 01/09/2007
MTV has revealed more details about the format and cast of Road Rules 2007: Viewers Revenge, the new "interactive" Road Rules revival that the network will premiere on Tuesday, January 30 at 9PM ET/PT.
Unlike the thirteenth pre-filmed Road Rules editions that MTV aired prior to putting the series on hiatus in 2004, Road Rules new Viewers Revenge edition will use a Big Brother-like "near real-time" format that will place the program's home viewers in complete control of the reality series.
However the new interactivity and "near real-time" format will come at a price -- rather than embarking on a lengthy, non-stop season-long road trip, Viewers Revenge will see the cast facing off in a series of California-based adventures and competitions, with the group only leaving their home base and driving the RV off to just one several day long mission each week.
Six of Road Rules' most infamous cast members as Viewers Revenge's initial RV passengers and, following each week's mission, the cast will nominate one male and one female member for elimination. Immediately after each episode airs, viewers at home will then vote which of those two cast members will enter an elimination face-off that will "air" exclusively on MTV's roadrules.mtv.com website.
At the same time that they are nominating a cast member to send into elimination, the viewers will also vote for a challenger from "The Pit Crew" -- an Internet board of potential male and female replacements that will feature video packages, personal blogs and other stats/background on each potential Road Ruler. If the current Road Rules cast member wins his or her face-off with "The Pit Crew" challenger then they will return to the RV. If they lose, the challenger replaces them and the now ex-Road Ruler joins the other potential replacements in "The Pit Crew," where they can lobby the viewers to put them back in the game. The next on-air episode will begin with a short re-cap of the MTV.com elimination and the re-entry of the victor of the elimination face-off.
The new season begins with a Road Rules 2007: Viewers Revenge launch special on Tuesday, January 23 at 10PM ET/PT. The series is executive produced by Jonathan Murray and Rick DeOliveira.
The six veteran cast members who will kick-off Road Rules 2007: Viewers Revenge -- and their MTV supplied profiles -- are:
Abram is a Road Rules South Seas alum and has also made a name for himself on numerous Real World/Road Rules Challenges. Growing up in Montana with nine brothers and sisters, Abram has learned what it is like to not only live, but compete, with others. With a thrill for extreme sports, and never-say-die attitude, Abram's biggest competitor is often himself.
Adam, a veteran of Road Rules 10: The Quest, is a good-looking ladies' man who uses his charm and outgoing personality for all their worth. Despite suffering from ADD while he was young, Adam has conquered life's obstacles and is eager to face whatever the RV and MTV fans can throw at him.
Shane is a veteran of Road Rules Campus Crawl and has appeared on many of the Real World/Road Rules Challenges. Raised under a strict military stepfather, Shane grew up on the road, making friends where he could. Teased in high school for being different, it wasn't until he got to the University of North Carolina that Shane found his voice and was able to speak about his sexuality. Now a vocal gay rights activist and public speaker, Shane isn't afraid of confronting adversity, or the competition.
Kina was originally seen on Road Rules Xtreme and has also appeared as a fierce competitor on some of the Real World/Road Rules Challenges. A native of New Jersey, Kina is busting with personality and is often accused of seeing the world through her own eyes. The only question is will MTV fans see it her way as well
Susie is a veteran of Road Rules Australia and is the youngest kid of five children raised by right-wing, conservative Republicans in Pittsburgh, PA. A self-proclaimed expert on TheBrady Bunch, she may need more than TV trivia to get through this season of Road Rules.
First seen on Road Rules Semester at Sea, Veronica has since appeared on many of the Real World/Road Rules Challenges. A familiar face among the Real World and Road Rules fans, Veronica always has something to say. The question this season is will she be able to back up her words?