The Real World…Royal Oak

So maybe MTV’s Real World might come to Royal Oak.

Rumors had circulated that MTV might be interested in basing a Super Bowl-related show in Royal Oak and, according to commercial real estate firm Signature, Viacom has leased 8,812 square feet of space in the Main North development (at Main and 11 Mile).

I wondered when Real World might entertain the possibility of coming to Michigan. I also wonder, if this actually materializes — will they call it “Real World – Detroit”?

48 Comments so far

  1. SNWEB.ORG (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2005 @ 12:40 pm

    Yeah that would be my worst featr, calling Royal Oak, the city of Detroit.

    IMO they should have done it off jerfferson near the riverfront in one of those rehabbed building with hose HUGE lofts.

  2. MGal (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2005 @ 3:39 pm

    Plus supposedly they be working on the Super Bowl but aren’t those lofts not supposed to be done until spring?

  3. Matthew (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2005 @ 4:34 pm

    My brother brought up a good point that if they do call it Real World Detroit, it could maybe give Detroits image a little boost, although maybe for the wrong reasons.

  4. Jeppy (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2005 @ 4:42 pm

    Good. I’m thinking of all of the positive publicity it will give for petanque… (what else?!)

  5. Ryan (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2005 @ 8:31 pm

    I heard from someone that they are doing it in Corktown just for that reason, so they can call it Real World: Detroit. Either way, a crazy idea…. I can imagine the people mover will be featured HIGHLY!

  6. lance (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2005 @ 11:37 am

    It would be awesome if they filmed it from Corktown, but you know how afraid everyone is to go into Detroit…let alone live there.

    Even if it were filmed in Royal Oak or another suburb, it should be called “Real World Detroit” just for name recognition. Who, outside of Michigan, has heard of Royal Oak?

    People would watch “Real World Detroit” just to expect everyone will get shot, and they’ll all be disappointed when there’s no crime at all.

  7. Penny Tanque (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2005 @ 2:54 pm

    They’re saying they signed a lease on a big RO condo that’s still under construction, but I don’t believe a word of it. Anybody who can open their eyes knows that Real World looks for alcoholics and dysfunctional children and throws them into an unsupervised environment. No condo association is going to want these peopleas neighbors, not to mention the crowds of protesters and hecklers this would attract, the late night police visits, and the general negative notoriety.

  8. phillip (unregistered) on October 25th, 2005 @ 8:48 am

    Corktown?? Corktown has a cool nightlife, but there are no grocery stores around there. And I work in Corktown and everytime I step out of my office, a bum hassles me for money. Royal Oak is the closest to what all the other Real Worlds look like….that attracts viewers. I’m sure the cast will go clubbing in Detroit, but honestly, I’ve lived downtown….and that was the only time I was robbed. Maybe that would attract viewers.

  9. tiffany (unregistered) on October 25th, 2005 @ 3:44 pm

    I’ve heard this rumor for awhile. As long as they don’t call it Real World: Detroit, put a positive light on the city getting ready for the Superbowl, don’t have a bunch of ignorant fools who do nothing but talk about how “scared of Detroit” they are, and don’t bother me as I live and work in Royal Oak, then I guess I won’t mind it.

    But somehow I don’t think that’s what MTV has in mind.

    I would’ve loved a Downtown Detroit Real World, but I guess the world isn’t ready for that.

  10. Dirk (unregistered) on October 25th, 2005 @ 9:08 pm

    If I was on Real World Detroit, I’d be pissed because everyone is gay in Royal Oak. It’s good news for any muff divers or rump rangers that will get picked for the show.

  11. JOHNNY (unregistered) on October 25th, 2005 @ 10:10 pm

    It should be fun trying to find parking in Royal Oak once all the fans start camping out . . . hoping to be on MTV and to find the Real World Detroit stars.

    I’ll just walk to downtown R.O. from my house two miles away!!!!

  12. gorey (unregistered) on October 26th, 2005 @ 11:03 am

    Are you kidding?! A condo would KILL to have MTV and their $$$ in their pockets. Landlords and a developers could give a rats-ass about how it impacts the neighbors or the community. Not to mention that the notoriety of having a TV show in the building will keep their residency rates high FOREVER. I have friends in LA that work in reality TV and they have been telling me this has been in the works for months. It may not actually happen, but believe me there’s a good possibility.

  13. Muffy (unregistered) on October 26th, 2005 @ 12:47 pm

    How about Real World Shelby Township?

  14. DetroitARAB (unregistered) on October 27th, 2005 @ 10:32 am

    I could picture it now, two white girls and a queer walkin down rosa parks blvd, im sure they’ll blend in. But for real if they call it Real World Detroit they better have it in the city.

  15. Jen (unregistered) on October 27th, 2005 @ 2:03 pm

    It will be weird to have Royal Oak referred to as Detroit, but isn’t Royal Oak primarily a “white” neighborhood? And call it Detroit?

  16. Ray (unregistered) on October 30th, 2005 @ 11:51 am
  17. R (unregistered) on October 31st, 2005 @ 4:17 pm

    Oh God, would you please stop talking about Corktown like it’s lower Manhattan. Hazel Park has a better nightlife than Corktown. They can’t exactly air the Real World Detroit cast doing blow in the Works parking lot now, can they?

  18. Rico (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2005 @ 1:21 pm

    Just a note – Viacom, which owns MTV, also owns CBS, print publications, billboards and many cable networks. Chances are the corporation is seeking a base for various Superbowl XL coverage. There will be far more home owners than renters in the new RO condos, and I beg to differ, these people do care about their $300,000 to million+ neighborhood. They don’t want the noise and extra traffic stargazers wil bring. Remember – this is local government that changed zoning & said no to dancing at the RO Theater. In all likelihood, the real estate agent is spinning BUZZ to hype up demand for these bigfoot condos.

  19. David (unregistered) on November 6th, 2005 @ 12:03 am

    I just do not think that they should put a glaze over detroit’s problems of unemployment, poverty, and violence. I would rather we have a more tainted image than one that ignores these very real problems

  20. Ess (unregistered) on November 9th, 2005 @ 8:13 pm

    Maybe national coverage of Kuame’s corruption will open eyes.

  21. Robert (unregistered) on November 15th, 2005 @ 8:07 pm

    Look all you subarban assholes I live in Detroit and Im not afriad of anything in that city, you right they should put them in Royal Oak because just like you just did with me they are going to piss everyone off, all ya’ll want to claim Detroit but don’t want to live there. So like Lil Kim said SHUT UP BITCH

  22. MGal (unregistered) on November 16th, 2005 @ 12:55 pm

    Almost all of the authors here live in the city of Detroit. Yes, a few don’t live in the city but most do actually live in Detroit.

    So relax.. no one is pissing on the city – it is more of a debate as to what MTV would show of the city IF there was to be a Real World:Detroit.

  23. jeff (unregistered) on November 18th, 2005 @ 11:32 am

    why not just make it, “Real World Troy” take my house,,,, please!

  24. walt (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2005 @ 9:36 pm

    they should make it real world inkster that would put a couple people interested in watching the show

  25. Lynn (unregistered) on November 27th, 2005 @ 8:40 pm

    Well, Real World: Detroit would be a perfect name if it were in Royal Oak. I have worked all over the country and I live in Royal Oak and tell people I live “just outside of Detroit, in Royal Oak”….. The fact that it is in Royal Oak will come out and Royal Oak will get the buzz anyway…

    As for the condos not being done, perfect! Like they couldn’t hire some contractors to throw a big space together prior to the total project being done. Then, after the show, re-do the space they used for the show in time for opening the condos!

    One worry…they don’t have cars. Royal Oak, Detroit, etc…aren’t very big on cabs. Wonder what they’ll do!

  26. Megan (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 5:10 pm

    I think that a Real World Detroit would be great. It is about time that Detroit gets a better rep. Even if it is in RO they should go downtown in hopes of showing the world Detroit is not that bad.I live in a suburb of Detroit and I go there all the time, it bothers me that everyone thinks it is unsafe. Detroit just needs more shops, resturants and clubs. This is all in the future of the city, too bad they don’t have a year or two more to prepare the “real” Detroit for the show.

  27. RAZ (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 2:08 pm

    Just some interesting information for you all, The Real World: Detroit is being shot in Royal Oak, more precisely in one of the penthouses of The Metro Lofts. The 8,000 Sq feet that was leased in the Main North Lofts building is all office space. A good friend of mine works at the Main North lofts and gave me this information. The shooting is supposed to begin some time next week.

  28. Jay (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 5:27 pm

    My vote is for Real World Flint. Now THAT is the truly Real World of american capitalism.

  29. Joe (unregistered) on December 6th, 2005 @ 11:21 pm

    Actually the Metro Lofts make sense. It’s out of the way, and easy to isolate. Even the locals don’t have a clue about that area of the city, so it’s easy to keep the gawkers away. There is no way that Main North would be ready in time for the super bowl. This seems to all fit together. The bad thing is that Metro Lofts aren’t walkable to anything. But they’ll have a 24 hour taxi waiting on hand (yes, there are taxis in Royal Oak).

  30. Kel (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 5:41 pm

    Hmm. They should actually shoot it in Detroit. No one outside of the Detroit area has ever heard of the place.

    They should do it on the River where you can see Canada. That’s where all the crime and people getting smuggled in happens =X.

    Well, if they do decide to ACTUALLY shoot it in Detroit, some of the people just might get shot too.

  31. Angela (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 5:44 pm

    I can just see all of them trying to get a Taxi, to go to Duffy’s in Canada.

  32. Fred (unregistered) on December 10th, 2005 @ 11:11 am

    What they should do, if they want to see crime and what not. Put them in southwest Detroit. Those useless people there would do anything just to get on tv. It could never be placed in any part of Detroit because of all the bums and once these bums find out, they’ll tell everyone and all you see on tv is these homeless people following them around for blocks at a time. Detroit neighborhoods are all pretty much projects.

  33. jme (unregistered) on December 10th, 2005 @ 9:47 pm

    I live at least 10 minutes away from Royal Oak, michigan it isnt really in “detroit”, its pretty decent. It is a city that always has partys going on and has alot of bars. I cant wait till this season… never thought they would have a real world here in michigan!

  34. Legacy (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2005 @ 11:49 pm

    To the asshole named Fred who made the very ignorant comment about the “useless” people in Southwest Detroit need any true Detroiter be reminded of the many ignorant, racists, and wreckless acts caused by many Caucasian outsiders while in our city and in their own damn suburbs. Don’t speak on what you don’t know. There are thriving businesses, associations, and culture in Southwest Detroit and only a total idiot would not recognize this. No place is perfect or crime or incident proof so don’t act brand new. We live in one of the most racially polarized states, and in a country run by a fucking political foul up — so tell me what is really right in the world? What does that say about useless? I dislike people like you who never think before they speak. So can your trash talking!

  35. Dave H. (unregistered) on December 26th, 2005 @ 2:41 pm

    Sounds good except for the small fact that the condo’s at 11 Mile/Main in Royal Oak are far from being completed and the superbowl is in a month. So it looks like the nobodys on the real world aren’t going to be living there or they aren’t coming to town. If Detroit didn’t suck they could film in the city instead of the suburbs. I’ve lived in the area my whole life and Detroit is a joke no matter how hard people pretend that it is not. The mayor is a thug, the people are nice but are totally ignorant of what it takes to improve things. The city sucks.

  36. Brittany (unregistered) on December 29th, 2005 @ 3:38 am

    ok my dads a realtor in royal oak. mtv rented out a building on washington ave. behind that chinese restaraunt. its greenish colored.

  37. R.O.Randy (unregistered) on January 9th, 2006 @ 1:25 pm

    They have the Main North building for the film crews… the “kids” are gonna be staying in the bank building at 4th and Main.

  38. Karen (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 9:27 am

    Has anyone spotted film crews yet?

    You’d think there’d be something going on and visible if this were happening in RO. I watched the first 10 years or so of Real World and remembered that they began filming in January and it would air in mid-June.

  39. Abu Reno (unregistered) on January 15th, 2006 @ 4:06 pm

    I just purchased a loft in Royal Oak on 11 & Main. I was hoping it would take place in there. I guess not…. Should be interesting though! I’ll be moving in next week. Just a few steps away :)

  40. KNO (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 6:55 am

    so what’s the latest? i wonder what types of characters they will choose for royal oak. i’m sorry, but in my opinion the show will be pretty beige if they film it in downtown royal oak. but at the same time, the people who frequent royal oak eat that stuff up, so i guess it’s well suited. i’d like to see them more downtown… at some of the hipper spots like envy and oslo. hmm. hope it doesnt turn out to be the most boring season yet!

  41. KNO (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 6:58 am

    Legacy : right on.

  42. Miranda (unregistered) on January 29th, 2006 @ 2:33 pm

    I think that the should film the real world in Pontiac cus that’s were all the happenin clubs are

  43. Ms. J (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 10:24 am

    I think that if they are going to call it Real World Detroit, then it should be in Detroit. People act like something bad is going to happen everyday, allday. People need to stop being so closed minded and realize that crime is everywhere, even in Royal Oak. The only difference, the media does not broadcast crime in White neighborhoods for fear of people thinking it is “unsafe”. If they have it in Detroit, make sure the get some real people to represent the city and not a bunch of idiots.

  44. Mollika* (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 4:03 pm

    This is all third party information; therefore, subject to inaccuracy. According to a Bar/Restaurant manager in Royal Oak, who ran into Trishelle, film crews were filming the exteriors and will begin actual filming in June or July.

  45. serra (unregistered) on February 4th, 2006 @ 3:59 am

    I have lived in Detroit my whole life…. The city…. It is just as unsafe as sitting in your fucking living room waiting for the mirror to fall on your head …. assuming that you are scared of it…..I do think that they should show it in the actual city… its pretty cool in some parts…. but it I think it is cool to have it in Royal Oak also, if that gets anyone to butt hurt about it than thats just silly.. its just a tv show that takes place in certain places… technically royal oak can be considered “detroit” so who gives a shit… I do think that they should go to some of the bars down there… do the trip to canada….go to the zoo..(o wait thats in royal oak) see….. Its all good… no more arguing

  46. Emily (unregistered) on February 6th, 2006 @ 3:03 pm

    Sure, the city of Detroit has failed to show huge improvements, but did anyone go downtown this past weekend during the Superbowl? I did, and I think so many people are wrong about Detroit. A majority of the reviews by out-of-towners said that they were surprised by how wrong people are about Detroit, and how they could see themselves living here. Tons of celebs came into town and had parties downtown, but also spent time in the suburbs. Sure, there was increased security so that changes things a bit, but EVERY big city that you go to has crime and Detroit is not just some crime-infested ghetto where people get shot once they take one step out of their house. Royal Oak doesn’t represent Detroit because they’re two completely different cities, so I think that they should call it Real World: Detroit only if that’s where it’s going to be shot. I also heard rumors that they were thinking of calling it Real World: Main Street. Has anybody else heard this?

    Any new rumors about the show or where the Real Worlders might be staying.. or if they’re even shooting here for sure?

  47. Mark Hanna (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 1:57 am

    The thing is your not going to get shot in Detroit unless you go into the neighborhoods and meet up with some hood rats… you know for all your black market needs. Might get your car stolen otherwise. Detroit is alright like the downtown and midtown areas…like to hang out in especially in the summer. It’s kinda small compared to other cooler cities but I guess they could do a real world in detroit. I think it would be cooler than lame ass R.O.

  48. shanell (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 8:16 pm

    just bit would because called real world : detroit doesn’t mean it has to be shot there. Actually a few of the real worlds have used a surrounding large cities name and been filmed in suburbs

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