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"The Real World: Dupont"? We Ask the Owner

2000 S Street NW: The next "Real World" pad? (Marissa Newhall/The Washington Post)

Internet sleuths spent the weekend mulling unconfirmed tips that MTV's "The Real World" has already picked a group-house locale in Washington -- a brick mansion in Dupont Circle currently overtaken by construction crews. Evidence thus far: quoted a teller at the bank next door who said the lady at the dry cleaners said the "Real World" is moving in.

So we did the old "reporter" thing and, you know, made a phone call to Doug Jemal, D.C. superdeveloper and owner of 2000 S St., most recently used as office space. Is MTV your new tenant? "I can't tell you that!" he said, laughing. But surely if it weren't you could tell us it's not, right? "I've been sworn to secrecy!" he said. We'll take that as a yes.

UPDATE: ANC Commissioner Mike Feldstein told us that is, indeed, the house: Crews have been remodeling and gardening for the past couple weeks, he said, with filming starting later this month and expected to last until November.

EARLIER: De Moraes on TV: Washington Officially the Prettiest Dress in the Reality-TV Store.

By The Reliable Source  |  June 8, 2009; 4:25 PM ET
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Perfect location for frequent, random flash mob encounters...I hope that the producers come to regret this decision as people find fun ways to disrupt the show. How much fun would it be, for example, if no one in a public venue signed release forms and the show was nothing but a bunch of pixelated faces?

Posted by: skipper7 | June 8, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

@skipper7 Or why not try being hospitable? Or just ignoring the production if it bothers you so much? Sabotage is rather immature.

Posted by: dcgal1435 | June 9, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I was at a bar in Philly when the RW crew showed up, and it really was not a big deal. No release forms needed. Maybe the scene wasn't exciting enough for them to think they should get them.

Posted by: dclemurgrrl | June 9, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Amy, I know the Posts policies, so I'll do it for you... has commentary, video and still imagery. It covers reality TV and MTV's Real World and the Challenge shows. Although the site had been sitting on the story for about a month, they announced it on April 25.

Vision 1 Media group contacted "Reliable Sources" in mid-April to give them the "heads up" on the Real World's DC plans.

Posted by: ddgarner1 | June 9, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

i love that you actually checked this out! i was skeptical of the "teller at the bank next door who said the lady at the dry cleaners said the "Real World" is moving in" ... lol.

Posted by: jjb2 | June 9, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

ddgarner1, it is impressive that your website "announced" on April 25 that Real World was coming to DC, which had been speculated/mentioned and 99.9% confirmed by dozens of actual media outlets for months prior to that.

Posted by: masonuc | June 9, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

dcgal1435, where's the fun in being hospitable?

It's too bad those poor folks who live in the neighborhood won't be able to ignore the production crew.

Posted by: kasdc | June 9, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the hospitality route - my mother-in-law always said you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Having MTV in the neighborhood - inconveninet, yes but this is DC and we are all about motorcades, marches, cherry blossoms, and all sorts of things that happen because we are in the national capitol and also a very vibrant neighborhood of Dupont Circle.

Posted by: cmore4 | June 10, 2009 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Masonuc, we actually reported in early Dec 08 that DC was the next location, based on the Dec 5 comments by BMP owner Jon Murry at the Paley Center for Media in NY.

Posted by: ddgarner1 | June 11, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Feeling bad for the poor folks who live in the neighborhood!? I don't see any of them complaining, dcgal1435. I have a feeling deep down you wish they were in your neighborhood.

Posted by: ter_barryone | June 12, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

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