SAN DIEGO – A bisexual hunk and a butch lesbian cutie will help add considerable diversity to the next edition of “The Real World: San Diego,” which debuts Wednesday, Sept. 28 on MTV.
This marks the second visit to America’s Finest City by “The Real World,” which first came here on the 14th season in 2004.
Although the show has been taping in San Diego for months, little information has seeped out of La Jolla, where the cast mates are partying in a beach house in the Bird Rock neighborhood. We hear they’ve been to Gossip Grill in Hillcrest and Fluxx in the Gaslamp Quarter, and the cast mates have “worked” at the House of Blues. They attended the annual San Diego Pride Parade in Hillcrest in July and the touristy convention Comic-Con.
The bisexual cast mate is Frank “Hurricane Frank” Sweeney, 22, from Canastota, N.Y. His online profile shows that he majored in Spanish and molecular biology at Middlebury College in Vermont. Sweeney has been seen making out with women and men in MTV promos for the show, saying that he likes “chicks and dudes.” Not only is he bright, but he is also athletic and a world-class drinker. His bio says "Frank believes that a night without blacking out is not enough fun."
The lesbian is Samantha “Sam” McGinn, 21, of Chesapeake, Va. She calls herself a “stud lesbian” and is proud to be a girlfriend thief. She is a military brat who lives at home while studying to be a parole officer. McGinn also has an alter ego, the drag king Shawn Jades. With a sizable lesbian population in San Diego, surely Sam will find herself in the middle of a lot of drama.
One of the cast mates is a local personality, Priscilla Mendez, 19, who graduated from West Hills High School in Santee and now attends the University of California Davis.
MTV is promising another explosive season in San Diego. Will Frank and Sam make the LGBT community proud or will they embarrass us? Here is the official description of the show:
Seven strangers find themselves in San Diego and though the locale may be sun-soaked and beachy, there are storms brewing. It's a three month journey through the lives of Ashley, Alexandra, Frank, Nathan, Priscilla, Sam and Zach as they get to know, not just each other, but who they really are themselves. Living in the seaside community of La Jolla, the roommates must learn to navigate the waters, both in and outside the house. The diverse group includes a Zimbabwean Gymnast, a Professional Football Player, a Nuclear Engineer, a Drag King, a Model, a Bisexual Recent Graduate, and a San Diego Native who, as the youngest in the house, may have something to teach her roommates yet. The endless summer awaits.
It’s always fascinating to see how the public-relations spin sells a city, and here is how MTV’s PR flacks are selling the return visit to our fair city in a blog titled “4 Reasons Why San Diego Is Worthy Of Another ‘Real World’”:
Whenever "Real World" producers return to a city where they've already filmed (Las Vegas, New York), you can count on naysayers to jump up on their soapboxes and preach that sequels usually suck. Personally, we loved the second installment of both Sin City and The Big Apple, so we have high hopes for San Diego 2.0 (premieres September 28th at 10/9c), especially since it's such a rad town.
Not sold? Well, here are four reasons (other than our argument above, which just so happened to include a SoCal-based colloquialism!) why this oceanside town is worthy of a repeat.
Mission Beach Babes
Nearly two miles long, Mission Beach attracts everyone you'd expect to see at a trendy Pacific Coast hotspot, from surfers to kayak-enthusiasts, and it's lined with notable watering holes. It's also a great place to rent jet skis and boats, which will make for lots of high-energy adventures.
You're never too old for this one-of-a-kind journey, which boasts an all-new impressive Shamu show! The cast can even dine next to the whale, if they're into that sort of thing.
Road Trips To TJ
Crossing the border to Tijuana is never a disappointment, especially if the seven strangers are craving margaritas, cheap pharmaceuticals or the picturesque beaches of Rosarito. Plus, it's less than 20 minutes south of San Diego, so they can make this a regular jaunt.
Everyone always talks about California's impeccable weather, but San Diego's near-perfect temperatures are in a league of their own. They have warm, dry summers and uneventful winters, which makes for lots of outdoor jacuzzi sessions (it's always about the 'cuzzi).