Real World Rewind

The show that started it all, MTV’s The Real World, is returning to Las Vegas to celebrate its 25th casting.

The producers decided to bring the series back to the place where it all went downhill, or finally got interesting, depending whom you ask. Alhough the show debuted in 1992, the sexual exploits and inebriated revelry that now permeate it were first exposed in 2002’s romp in Sin City at the Palms, where the cast lived in one of the resort’s “Fantasy Suites.” Naturally, that season got the highest ratings in the show’s history, boosted the Palms’ popularity and could even be credited with introducing America to the clubby, alcohol-fueled version of the Strip we know and love to this day.

This season, which films in October, seven strangers will stay at the Hard Rock Hotel in a high-roller suite being converted into the ultimate party loft. Details haven’t been released, but look for a stripper pole, fully stocked bar and a hot tub. Producers hope a return to the Valley will reinvigorate the show, whose ratings have been slumping in recent years.