Could the next MTV Real World be on Folly Beach, SC?

March 20, 2017


*Disclaimer:  The house represented in the original publication is not the house under consideration, nor has one been confirmed.  Please note, that any re-posts has images of the house embedded on social.  Unless the posting is removed, the image of the house will remain. 

How often have you walked the sands of Folly Beach said to yourself, this would make the perfect MTV Real World Beach House?  It seems these thoughts may become a reality.  An unnamed source has indicated that MTV is considering a new season of MTV’s Real World and has been in discussions with five possible locations, including Folly Beach, SC.

Cities also under discussion are Laguna Beach, CA, Charlotte, NC, Memphis, TN and Portland, OR.  Sources say, these cities have each showed prominent growth in the mid-market size over the last few years and could bring in a promising audience base.  The need to branch out from the major urban markets such as San Francisco and New York is showing the shift in living patterns among Americans today.

This thought process is consistent with the growth we have seen in the Lowcountry since 2010.

Production teams have been scouting these five locations, speaking with locals and city officials and determine the best option for this reality show.  The early indication is that the production studio will make a decision by April 1, 2017.

Folly Beach

Folly Beach made the top five because it combines beach life, city life and a thriving economy that could bring a very positive spike in viewers.  It can also present concerns around traffic and sentiment from residents and visitors.  One issue that is also in discussion is the drinking ban on the beach and how the show could work around that restrictions.  One solution is the use of a fence to temporarily privatize a portion of the beachfront right behind the house.

With the new dining additions on the pier, a more diverse visitor base, the beach restoration and a thriving Center Street, Folly Beach could soon be in the national spotlight.  Move over Gronkowski, there may be some new muscle moving into town.

If selected, the primary city will have priority on casting, but sources say, they will interview in other locations to ensure a diverse mix in the house.

Keep you eyes open for further news as we may see MTV in the house rocking it Folly Beach style.


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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Susannah March 20, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Are you saying that the folly council has already spoken with production???


Founder of Charleston Daily March 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm

No confirmed information on that inquiry is known at this time.


Erin March 20, 2017 at 1:47 pm

Why should they get to privatize part of the beach so they can drink when nobody else is allowed? They shouldn’t be permitted to break, or bend the law, just for a show that promotes lawlessness. Come on Folly…you are better than this!


NeCastro March 20, 2017 at 2:52 pm

As the owners of the house in the photograph accompanying this story, we respectfully insist that you remove the image from your site. Contrary to the impression left by your irresponsible writing, this house has no connection to the story, and its use is creating unnecessary controversy. Further, we never gave permission for you to use an image of our house on your site. Please remove it immediately.


Adam March 20, 2017 at 3:58 pm

Killer house. I’ve liked the design of that place since it was build. Gotta be a great place to have some fun. Congrats.


Tristan March 20, 2017 at 3:12 pm

Why would y’all want to disrupt the image of one the most peaceful areas in the county. Don’t let this trash take our Beach


Bonnie March 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm

Contrary to the last few words of your article “rocking it Folly Beach style”, this precious beach town and it’s residents are not interested in hosting a reality TV show. Our ordinances are not up for negotiation. Make no mistake, we truly are better then that (as previously stated in Erin’s comments).


Brian March 20, 2017 at 5:25 pm

How about hell no f&@$ that


Sean March 20, 2017 at 7:38 pm

I love how it says ‘city life’

I mean inventing the cotton gin only goes so far in the grasp for metropolitan acceptance.


Marino March 20, 2017 at 9:07 pm

Please don’t ruin what .a mess Folly so special. It’s our favorite place to visit and I love that we can just blend in with the locals and enjoy a low key vacation .


No name March 21, 2017 at 2:21 pm

Hey get the f@#$ over it. I say let them do what they want. Folly is trash up


CofC Alum March 21, 2017 at 2:31 pm

Would love to watch Real World on Folly Beach. Probably only way I will watch show, would love to relive some old college days. Rock on Charleston!!!


Unknown March 22, 2017 at 9:52 am

We’ve got enough reality trash TV with Bravos Southern Charm. We don’t need another. All this would be doing is feeding into already preconceived notions of what South Carolina is. I really don’t see Folly authorizing nor even welcoming this without a hard core fight. We do just fine on our own representing trash when the rednecks of Moncks Corner and the Geechie of North Charleston come to the beach. We can do bad all by ourselves! We don’t need MTVs help with that. Onto the next city on the list!


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