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TV Note: 'Burgh unlikely choice for MTV's 'Real World'

Monday, June 25, 2001

In a recent interview for the 10th season of MTV's "The Real World" (casting special tomorrow at 10 p.m.; series premiere July 3 at 10), creators Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jon Murray said it's conceivable for the series to come to the 'Burgh someday.

"Pittsburgh has been on our list, as has Philadelphia and Atlanta and Vegas," Bunim said.

"We know it's not all steel town and all old people and hasn't been that way for years," Murray said.

"It has culture and universities and it's just a contrast to anything else we've done," Bunim said.

"Pittsburgh is smaller and quite honestly, up till now we've focused on larger cities," Murray said. "Being in New York or Chicago, you can literally get lost in the town. But when we were in production in Seattle, we were front page news. Honestly, we prefer to not be front page news. It gets in the way of the kids doing their thing. In New York City there are so many productions going on, seeing kids walking down the street with cameras following them won't sway any jaded New Yorkers."

So Pittsburgh will have to get in line and wait. The 11th season, set to premiere in January, is being filmed in Chicago.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV editor)

Getting by on looks

Beauty is like pornography: Hard to define, but you know it when you see it.

Discovery Channel's "Survival of the Prettiest" (9 tonight) explores the theory that the human quest for beauty is driven by the instinct to survive and to gain privilege and popularity.

Models, photographers and scientists will debate the alchemy of beauty, along with footage from fashion by designers such as Carmen Marc Valvo.

(LaMont Jones, Post-Gazette staff writer)

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