The Real World: Back to New York (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
The Real World: Back to New York is the tenth season of MTV's reality television series The Real World, which focuses on a group of diverse strangers living together for several months in a different city each season, as cameras follow their lives and interpersonal relationships. The Back to New York season was filmed January 9 to June 2, 2001, and premiered later that year, with the cast living in a four-floor loft at 632 Hudson Street in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. As its title indicates, Back to New York was the first season of The Real World to take place in a city that had hosted a previous season, as the show's first season was set in New York in 1992.
The cast appeared in a cover feature in the Fall 2001 issue of Time Out New York.
This season of Real World along with Road Rules: The Quest was the first and only season to be preceded by a casting special in which 20 potential cast members spent time together for a week to see how they interacted. Among the goings-on during the special was conflict between Coral and Ellen (who would eventually be cast on The Quest). Beginning with this season, the producers instituted the new rule that a roommate who was terminated from the group's season-long job would be evicted from the residence and from the cast.
The cast lived in an , four story loft at 632 Hudson Street in Manhattan's West Village, just over a mile from the SoHo loft used in the filming of the first season. The building was built in 1847, and for forty years following World War II, housed a Spanish-style sausage factory called the Esteve Packing Corporation. The building was purchased in the early 1990s for $450,000. The third and fourth floors, which included the penthouse level and roof deck, were renovated for the series. The production equipment included fifteen video cameras, twenty-nine monitors, 142 studio lights, dozens of microphones, and a mile of cable. After completion of the season, the building was placed on the rental market for special events and short-term stays.
Almost every season of The Real World, beginning with its fifth season, has included the assignment of a season-long group job or task to the housemates. Beginning with this season, continued participation in the assignment becomes mandatory for the cast, and anyone fired from it is required to leave the residence and the cast. The Back to New York housemates were assigned jobs as receptionists for Arista Records during the day, and helped gain publicity for their up-and-coming bands at night.
Coral is a 21-year-old part-time student and nanny living in San Francisco when she decided on a whim to audition for The Real World and Road Rules. Growing up, she experienced both privilege and poverty, living with her mother in government subsidized housing, and receiving an elite education through her father's savings. In the season premiere, she and Malik are offended at observations that Mike relates from his uncle about African-Americans, and attempts to educate him by teaching him about people like Malcolm X.
Kevin, who is described by MTV as popular, intelligent, athletic and charming, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in his senior year in high school, and forced to reexamine things that others his age took for granted. His treatment and recovery endowed him with a "sharp sense of humor," as well as a deeper spirituality and sensitivity to others.
Nicole is a graduating senior with a 4.0 grade point average at Morris Brown College. Her experiences include watching her mother suffer through a long, abusive relationship, and living in a government subsidized apartment, on which she pays $22 a month in rent. She is half African-American, half Caucasian, but is particularly proud of her African roots, and only dates black men.
Rachel is an only child, raised by a single mom outside Chicago. MTV describes her as "wide-eyed, bubbly and ready for life". She is a pop-punk fanatic who loves concerts and buying CDs. She is still inexperienced in many ways, and looking to explore opportunities and new experiences while on the show, but sometimes experiences ridicule at the hands of Coral and Nicole.
Mike grew up as an only child with divorced parents in a predominantly white middle-class neighborhood in the suburbs of Cleveland. He found a sense of family within his college fraternity. He is slightly sheltered due to growing up in a conservative part of the country and has never actively interacted with gays and African Americans. He dropped out of college in order to join the cast. While growing up, he says that his father was a racist. MTV describes him as a "fireball of energy" and a "chick magnet [who] is still naive about relationships, and has a deep need to be loved." Early in the season, he finds himself embroiled in debates with castmates Nicole and Coral over race. He exhibits a wrestler alter ego named "The Miz".
Roseland, New Jersey
Lori, the winner of the MTV.com Online Casting contest, is half-Filipino, half-Irish, and the youngest of three daughters. An overachiever who excels at everything, her sisters labeled her early on as a "super star" child, though her passion is singing, and MTV describes her voice as "gorgeous". She was one of the lead vocalists in a Boston College singing group called the Bostonians. She is also a self-described "drama magnet" who gets bored unless she has some type of conflict in life. Lori developed feelings for Kevin, but he did not reciprocate the feelings beyond friendship. She was ranked #72 in Stuff Magazine's 2002 "102 Sexiest Women In The World".
Malik is the son of a white mother and black father. He is the first child in his family, and according to his statement on the show, is the only one among his friends, to attend college. (In fact several of his friends attended college during the filming of the show.) He intends to graduate from the University of California at Berkeley, and is also a popular Bay Area club/party DJ. In one episode, Coral and Nicole are critical of Malik, who wears a Marcus Garvey t-shirt, but dates white women, which they see as a contradiction, since Garvey was against race mixing.
After filming, Mike Mizanin parlayed his "Miz" persona into a career as a professional wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment on its Raw brand, where he has held several championship titles, including the Intercontinental Championship, the World Tag Team Championship, the WWE Tag Team Championship, the United States Championship, Unified Tag Team Championship and the WWE Championship. He also main-evented WrestleMania XXVII in 2011.He also ended up becoming the only superstar in WWE history to have held 3 separate championships, the WWE, United States and Unified Tag Team Championships, simultaneously. Mizanin and Trishelle Cannatella of The Real World: Las Vegas appeared on Fear Factor, where they won first place.