Following a rash of rumors regarding the next season of The Real World, MTV publicity has admitted that it's considering Key West as the location for the reality show's 17th season, although "no final decision has been made."
Local gossip has it that MTV is in the market for a large space near the beach, but both the network and Key West real estate companies are keeping quiet. "I would not be able to confirm or deny a project," says Rita Brown, of Key West's Tourist Development Council.
The Real World was a pioneer of the reality genre, giving audiences a look at the daily lives of a group of young strangers forced to live and work together for several months. The passage of time has had no ill effect on the series, as ratings are as strong as ever. MTV recently gave producers the nod for another five seasons of the show.
Past installments of The Real World have taken place in London, New York, Paris, New Orleans, Miami, and San Francisco, among other cities.