The Real World: Key West
|The Real World: Key West|
The cast of The Real World: Key West
|Created by||Jonathan Murray
|Country of origin||United States|
|Original language(s)||United States|
|No. of episodes||25|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original run||February 28, 2006 – August 15, 2006|
|Preceded by||The Real World: Austin|
|Followed by||The Real World: Denver|
The Real World: Key West is the 17th season of MTV's reality television series The Real World, which focuses on a group of diverse strangers living together for several months in a different city each season, as cameras follow their lives and interpersonal relationships. This season was shot in the Key Haven neighborhood of Key West, Florida in From August to December 2005, and debuted February 28, 2006. It is the second season of The Real World to be filmed in southern Florida, as The Real World: Miami was filmed 10 years prior in 1996. It is also the fourth season to be filmed in the southern United States, after Miami in 1996, The Real World: New Orleans in 2000, and The Real World: Austin in 2005. The season premiere was viewed by 3.33 million people.
The cast lived in a nearly 6,000-square-foot (560 m2) Spanish Mediterranean-style, five bedroom, four and a half bathroom house at 32 Driftwood Drive in Key Haven, just north of the Key West city limits. The property spans 32,000 square feet (3,000 m2) of waterfront property, and includes a tennis court, indoor racquetball court, gym, and an open dock. The house, which, along with two adjacent lots, was leased from June 28 to December 30, 2005, also included a 12-foot (3.7 m) x 20-foot (6.1 m) indoor pool that was converted into a sunken lounge area for filming. The house also included an outdoor pool. The house sustained some damage from Hurricane Wilma.
The production faced a lawsuit by tourism mogul Ed Swift, a neighbor to the Driftwood Drive house, who sought to stop filming at the location, on the grounds that the production's floodlights, commercial-sized air conditioners, and outdoor cameras capable of rotating towards his house were a nuisance, and that local zoning laws prohibit commercial use of Key Haven homes. After MTV threatened to cancel production in response to the lawsuit, a judge threw out the lawsuit and allowed Bunim-Murray Productions to continue filming the season, with some minor production restrictions put in place.
During filming, Hurricane Rita made landfall, forcing the cast to evacuate to West Palm Beach. Subsequently, Wilma hit the area, forcing them to evacuate again, first to Ft. Lauderdale, and then to Orlando.
Almost every season of The Real World, beginning with its fifth season, has included the assignment of a season-long group job or task to the housemates, continued participation in which has been mandatory to remain part of the cast since the Back to New York season. The Key West cast was assigned to assist in starting a Mystic Tan franchise at the Pineapple Gallery. It closed briefly after Hurricane Wilma had devastated the store, and later reopened.
|Zach Mann||22||Vashon Island, Washington||A communications grad from Lewis and Clark College, Zach comes from a Jewish family. Zach was at one time overweight, but has since transformed himself and emerged as an energetic, confident young man. He angers Svetlana when he informs her that he would also like to apply for team leader of Mystic Tan. At the reunion show, all of the castmates laughingly point to Zach when asked who "got the most booty."|
|Jose Tapia||20||Brooklyn, New York||Known to his friends as "The Don." He was raised in Brooklyn surrounded by drugs, violence and the influence of "the wrong crowd". During the season, viewers learn that while living in Key West he is in the process of moving out of an apartment he shares with his former girlfriend. He attended Florida State University, and is the owner of multiple rental properties and the holder of a real estate broker license.|
|Paula Meronek||23||Meriden, Connecticut||Since her graduation from Quinnipiac University, Paula is a corporate employee by day, and parties at night. Paula is still experiencing problems with an abusive ex-boyfriend, and with her body image.|
|John Devenanzio||22||Fullerton, California||A recent graduate of Pennsylvania State University, his casting made headlines in the Daily Collegian, PSU's student newspaper. He initially flirts with Svetlana but she remains faithful to her boyfriend at home. At one point during the season, he jokingly removes Janelle's bikini top in the ocean. Concerned about being asked to leave the house, he apologizes to Janelle and she accepts but not without reprimand. He and Tyler share a relationship characterized by numerous practical jokes they play on one another.|
|Janelle Casanave||23||San Jose, California||Friends describe her as "independent." She was accepted to the University of San Francisco School of Law, but before becoming a lawyer, is launching a career as a makeup artist. . Janelle would later appear in The Real World: Hollywood, in which she dates cast member William Gilbert.|
|Tyler Duckworth||23||Minneapolis, Minnesota||A gay gymnastics and figure skating enthusiast who describes himself as "manipulative" and "mischievous". At one time, he was on track to becoming a world-class swimming champion, until a freak accident that nearly took away his ability to walk shattered his Olympic dreams. A recent graduate of Tufts University, he must decide what to do with his life. In the show, he admits to feeling the closest to Jose in the house.|
|Svetlana Shusterman||19||Richboro, Pennsylvania||Svetlana is a pre-med student at Temple University who was born to a Jewish family in Odessa, Ukraine. A first generation immigrant with a reputation for being the "crazy Russian chick," she is torn between her dependency on her family, and the need to venture out and experience life. In 2007, her 21st birthday was featured on MTV's My Super Sweet 16.|
The entire cast attended the Reunion, which was broadcast as The Real World: Key West Reunion.
In 2006, Paula Meronek was arrested for assault for allegedly biting boyfriend John Alyward.
Real World/Road Rules Challenges
|Cast Member||RW/RR Challenges||Challenges Won||Total Money Earned|
|Zach Mann||The Gauntlet III||None||$0|
|Paula Meronek||The Duel, The Inferno 3, The Gauntlet III, The Island, The Duel II,
Fresh Meat II, Cutthroat, Rivals, Battle of the Exes, Rivals II
|Rivals, Rivals II||$126,000|
|Johnny Devenanzio||The Duel, The Inferno 3, The Gauntlet III, The Island, The Ruins,
Cutthroat, Rivals, Battle of the Exes, Rivals II, Season 25 TBD
|The Island, The Ruins,
Rivals, Battle of the Exes
|Janelle Casanave||The Inferno 3, The Gauntlet III||The Inferno 3||$40,000|
|Svetlana Shusterman||The Duel||None||$0|
|Tyler Duckworth||The Duel, The Gauntlet III, Cutthroat, Rivals||Cutthroat, Rivals||$90,000|
Challenge in bold indicates that the contestant was a finalist on The Challenge.
- Episode synopsis list for The Real World: Key West at MTV.com
- "Real World Denver watched by less than half of Key West’s viewers, but not according to MTV". November 29, 2006.
- The Key West house at realworldhouses.com
- Key West House Pre-Renovation Outdoor Pool at realworldhouses.com
- Key West House Hurricane Wilma at realworldhouses.com
- Matley, Alyson; "Swift: 'Get a Life'". keynoter.com. August 27, 2005
- Summary page for Episode 10 ("Gettin' Stormy") at mtv.com
- Summary page for Episode 18 ("Hurricane Wilma") at mtv.com
- Biography page for Jose Tapia at mtv.com
- "Real World: Key West: Coral's Casting Couch: Meet Paula". MTV. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
- Salvatore, Rosanne. "'The Real World' cast members: Where are they now?". Daily News. April 1, 2011. Page 34 of 44
- "Real World: Key West: Coral's Casting Couch: Meet John". MTV. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
- Biography page for John Devenanzio at mtv.com
- Biography page for Janelle Casanave at mtv.com
- Biography page for Tyler Duckworth at mtv.com
- Biography page for Svetlana Shusterman at mtv.com
- Salvatore, Rosanne. 2011. Page 35 of 44.
- Cast Page for The Real World: Key West at mtv.com
- The Real World: Key West Reunion at MTV.com
- Svetlana Shusterman at Girls of FHM
- The Real World: Key West at mtv.com
- Tyler Duckworth's official site and blog
- House rental lease for Real World Key West
- Svetlana Shusterman's blog