The rumors were swirling around town Wednesday that an upcoming season of MTV's “The Real World” might be filmed in Charleston, though it couldn't be confirmed.
Rayna Schwartz, an MTV spokesperson, said, “I can't confirm the location. That's all I can say.”
When questioned further as to whether they were still deciding on a location, she said, “It's not something that we're prepared to confirm.”
Dawn Dawson-House, director of public relations for the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, of which the S.C. Film Commission is a part of, said, “We did look in to it, and we don't have any information on it whatsoever.”
FITSNews was the first to report on the rumors, saying that according to one of their sources and a ringleader in the campaign, one of the show's Portland cast members, Jessica McCain of Fayetteville, N.C., is “helping to organize the effort in conjunction with the city's hospitality industry and owners of local bars and restaurants.”
The story was later picked up by the Holy City Sinner and Charleston Grit, with folks then taking to Twitter to find out if it was true.
“The Real World,” which first aired in 1992, is billed as the longest-running program in MTV history and one of the longest-running reality series in history. Previous seasons have been filmed in Las Vegas, New Orleans, Washington, Hollywood and Cancun.
The show's 28th season, set in Portland, ended its run June 12 and they are currently in pre-production for season 29. A link on MTV's website, mtv.com, led to a casting page for Bunim/Murray Productions seeking applicants. “You must be age 20 or older, and appear to be between the ages of 20-24,” according to the web page, bmpcasting.com. Casting calls for the upcoming season made stops in major cities in April and May.
If “The Real World” does in fact film in Charleston, it won't be alone. Currently, CBS, Bravo and CMT are all filming shows in the area.
“Reckless,” a steamy legal drama that's taken some heat because it depicts the local police department in a less than flattering light, began filming in late July. The CBS show stars Cam Gigandet and Anna Wood and is slated for a mid-season premiere, which means it will debut sometime between November and April.
Also being filmed on the peninsula is “Southern Charm,” which features former state Treasurer Thomas Ravenel, who resigned in 2007 and later served federal prison time after pleading guilty to cocaine possession. The reality show, set to air later this year, takes a “look at how modern-day Southern aristocracy lives,” according to Bravo's website.
The latest to start filming in the area was CMT's “The Dirty South,” a reality show that's being produced by the same company that made “Jersey Shore” famous, 495 Productions. Filming started last weekend in Murrells Inlet and the show is set to debut in the fall.