MTV is famous for it's creation of one of the first, original reality TV shows, The Real World, which first aired in 1992 and is the longest running program in the history of MTV. Stemming from The Real World are 2 "sister" shows, if you will, both of which I will be covering in this blog. The first of 2 is Road Rules, which first aired in 1995. Road Rules is (finally) back for it's 14th season, which is entitled Road Rules: Viewer's Revenge. But this time, they are doing something a little different. Instead of being filmed over their usual 3-6 month period and then airing 6 months later, Viewer's Revenge is filmed weekly and the latest episode is aired during that same week. (If you miss an episode you can catch up by watching them online here on MTV OverDrive. I watch the newest episode every week, though, so I'll give you a basic episode recap if MTV is too slow.) ANYWAY, the reason that Viewer's Revenge will be filmed weekly and aired accordingly is because the who goes home won't be decided until the end of the week. Who decides? YOU. There have only been a few episodes, so I'm not completely used to the dynamic of this show yet, but I'll give you the basic process of how all this works: Basically, the show consists of a total of 12 castmembers. 6 New, 6 "Veterens" (former participants in Real World or Road Rules). The Veterens are the Starting 6 (Adam, Abe**, Shane, Veronica*, Susie and Kina) which means they will be begin in the RV, aka CAMERA TIME. They must complete a mission successfully in order to win $10 grand. Then comes the dramatic twist....dundundun: Regardless of whether the mission is won or lost, 1 castmember must be voted out of the RV and into what is known as the Pit Crew. You should watch the Launch Special to get to know the the Pit cast members a little better, but I'll give you basic info and my general impression of all of them right now.
Angel - pretty but boring, didn't rub me 1 way or another.
Dan - served in Iraq, which grabbed my attention right away because I always wonder how ppl adapt to civilian life, post-combat.
David - Fun to be around, but a little immature & attention-starved.
Ivory - Oh god...hahaha. We all know the type, semi-creepy lesbian who's not shy about who she likes. Candidly admits she thinks Kina's hott and would "give it to her good." I like her, though, & think she'll be great for TV.
Jerry - apparently a ladies man. I'd like to see him on the RV.
Kristin - annoying. Likes to makes statements about herself about how she's "small but mighty." *eyeroll* shut the f*ck up.
LaMonte - Fiesty! Not shy @ all, very comfortable on camera. I like him!
Tori - Former Beauty Queen. She seems nice.
The Pit Crew sucks because they do not get to compete in missions nor do they get camera time. There is no point in being there if you are going to spend your time in the Pit. ANYWAY, in order to decide the Pit Crew contestents, the 3 girls in the RV must decide which guy they want in the Pit Crew, and the 3 guys must decide which girl they want in the Pit Crew. At the end of each episode, there are 2 potential Pit Crew contestents, but only one will be chosen. So who decides? THAT'S WHERE YOU COME IN! Each week Vote! for which of the 2 contestents you want to stay in the RV, and which 1 you want in the Pit Crew. You must also vote for which Pit Crew member you want to see in the RV. (Note: If you want to get to know all 6 Pit Crew members, watch the Launch Special on MTV Overdrive--the link is somewhere earlier in this post).
Each new episode airs on Tuesdays, @ 9PM (EST). The votes for both Pit Crew and RV members (meaning each viewer votes twice a week) are tallied up by Saturdays online, and whoever is voted into the Pit Crew by the viewers (you!) will battle it out with whoever the viewers (you!!!!) voted to come up/back to the RV. The winner of the battle will have a spot in the RVfor at least 2 weeks. The loser will go to the Pit Crew.
Ok. I think that about covers Viewers Revenge. I will talk more about what I'm going to cover in my next post and also provide some updates on each episode of Viewers Revenge. All for now!
*Voted into Pit Crew