Real World XVI Austin

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about Real World XVI Austin

For its 16th season, The Real World headed for Austin--and a heaping helping of Texas-sized drama.

"Don't Mess With Texas," the locals are fond of saying--and that goes double for Austin, the site of this season's Real World. Shacked up in a tricked-out former warehouse in the heart of downtown, the new seven strangers explored Austin's legendary 'Sixth Street' nightlife--which happens to be just around the corner from their house.

With the usual blend of very different roommates--from a fraternity guy to a military vet to a self-described "wild child"--tension inevitably arises, as does romance. As the season progresses, an unexpected relationship between two castmates takes a shocking, life-changing turn. In the midst of all this, the roomies must plunge headlong into Austin's vibrant live music scene to learn to shoot, edit and direct their own documentary on the South by Southwest Music Festival.