Luis and I went for a late supper last evening and ran into crew and cast from MTV’s “Real World: DC” on the sidewalk in front of Stoney’s and Halo Lounge. My only impression was that these were a bunch of kids who looked tired and bored. People around them seemed nonplussed. So much for the glamor and excitement of reality TV.
Seriously, what we would do without The New York Post? I did wonder how “The Real World: DC” would go over here. Looks like the whole thing is off and running–the cast, the production crews, the filming, the local reaction from neighbors, nightspots, D.C. bloggers and media. El mierdero is underway. Woo-hoo!
From today’s New York Post:
THE Real World” has descended on Washington, DC — and the locals are peeved. In fact, a whole blog, the Anti-Real World DC, has been set up to chronicle just how irritating filming on the 23rd iteration of MTV‘s pioneering reality series has been for residents of historic, upscale Dupont Circle.And it’s only been six days since filming commenced.
I started laughing, loudly, whenI watched the RWDC cast member in the video complain about people standing on the sidewalk and listening in. The 20th Street patio (with a BBQ grille normally not seen outside Loudoun County) sits right next to the sidewalk. And the producers thought what, exactly, would happen?
Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) even has an appearance at the end of the video, explaining the legalities of public spaces, sidewalks and such.
Yes, Borderstanians, yesterday was the first of many momentous days for “The Real World:DC” with the arrival of the first two cast members to much fanfare; a young lad with lots of tattoos and a young lass with a fab light-blue travel bag. Well, maybe not that much fanfare, but there were camera crews following them and, according to dcist, one local stood across the street and yelled, “Go home!” (more…)
Oh, hell, I don’t know if there is going to be a chef-wanna-be in the cast of The Real World:DC. But, Luis and I did notice this rather extensive herb garden planted on the 20th Street NW side of the RWDC house. It has mint, rosemary, basil and parsley. There’s a fair number of the plants, too… and they are conveniently located near that BBQ grille that was delivered a couple of weeks ago.
Got your attention with the silliness headline and oh-so-unposed photo above? Good. Here are some guidelines for what to expect at Borderstan.com on all things “Real World: DC” –
- I haven’t watched the show in years, other than an occasional gawk while channel surfing. But I plan to watch a bit of RW: Cancun, just to get in the proper-informed-blogger frame of mind.
- I thought the early years of RW were good… interesting… reality TV was new.
- I think it’s rather nice and amusing that RW is coming to Washington. We can always use some levity in a town that is very serious–and bless all the serious people who come here with good intentions of doing good things.
- I will be posting news and comments and opinions and rants from all sides… supporters, non-supporters and the merely amused and curious (see new map at Washingtonian.com’s Capital Comment Blog).
- Put me in the amused-curious category. As much as anything, I am amused and interested in how people in my neighborhood react to all the hub-bub of RWDC coming to town. (more…)
Look for the MTV crew shooting B-roll for use in episodes of The Real World: DC… at the Capital Pride Parade (Pride info here at official Web site) and events this weekend in the Dupont–Logan-downtown area. No crew, just the basic B-roll stuff. The parade kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Pride Street Festival opens at 11 a.m. on Sunday on Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. between 3rd and 7th Streets (map).