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The scoop on MTV's ''Real World'' reunion

EW Online’s guide to this week’s notable sweeps shows

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Jimmy Malecki

Break out the riot gear! MTV is bringing together the casts from Miami, Boston, Seattle, and Hawaii for ”MTV Real World Reunion 2000” (Saturday, May 6, 2 p.m.). Among the surprises: a marriage between two people from different casts, an ultraglam Genesis, and a sober, straight-haired Ruthie. Among the missing: Amaya’s boy toy Colin, who landed the role of a dense-as-custard office boy in NBC’s upcoming sitcom ”M.Y.O.B.”; Boston’s bossy redhead Montana; and Seattle’s slapped-upside-the-head Irene, who nonetheless gets some digs in toward her former housemates via a taped interview.

In honor of this couch-potato extravaganza, EW Online talked with ”Real World” executive producer John Murray about bringing these combustible casts together.

Why would anyone do the reunion show?
For a lot of the kids it’s their opportunity to finally put closure on this experience. It’s sort of like going to a high school reunion. The further you get away from high school, the more you remember the good times and start to get over the wounds.

Were there any cast members who almost didn’t show?
We weren’t sure whether Joe was going to come. [The former business student wrote ”Livin’ in Joe’s World,” which was critical of his Miami ”Real” experience.] It was really only in the last 12 hours before the reunion that he decided to come. And Amaya had to decide whether the reunion was the best way to put the experience behind her.

What was the biggest difference between this reunion and the last one (which included the New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London cast)?
Puck didn’t show up.

Here are some other notable sweeps’ specials, story lines, and star-studded guest spots for the coming week:

  • Friday, May 5

    ”Funny Flubs & Screw-Ups V” (8 p.m., CBS)
    Not to mention ”Bad Career Moves” for hosts Cheech Marin and Charlie Schlatter.

    ”Boy Meets World” (8 p.m., ABC)
    Or rather, goodbye cruel world! Tonight marks the show’s end. Like you care.

    ”Now and Again” (9 p.m., CBS)
    What would sweeps be without wrestlers: the WWF’s Mankind (Mick Foley) appears in what could be the lauded show’s final episode.

    ”Nash Bridges” (10 p.m., CBS)
    What would sweeps be without wrestlers II: ”Stone Cold” Steve Austin plays a renegade cop in the show’s 100th episode.

  • Saturday, May 6

    ”Early Edition” (8 p.m., CBS)
    What would sweeps be without wrestlers III: Extreme Championship Wrestlers Tommy Dreamer and New Jack play themselves in a barroom brawl.

    ”Jaws” (8 p.m., ABC)
    Great news commercial fans: Instead of buying the 25th anniversary DVD edition of ”Jaws” (released July 11), you can watch this commemorative airing with behind the scenes footage and lots of 30-second interruptions.

    ”Black Entertainment Television 20th Anniversary Celebration” (8 p.m., BET)
    With performances by Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J, and Sisqo, whose dancers will be wearing black-tied thongs for the occasion.

  • Sunday, May 7

    ”Geppetto” (7 p.m., ABC)
    Drew Carey plays Pinocchio’s pop in this Disney musical with pop star Usher Raymond and ”Star Trek”’s Brent Spiner.

    ”Jason and the Argonauts” (9 p.m., NBC)
    Good thing they didn’t cast star Jason London’s identical twin brother in the mythical title role, or else we could’ve been watching ”Jeremy and the Argonauts.”

    ”The X-Files” (9 p.m., Fox)
    Not quite the Doublemint twins — Kathy Griffin plays two women conceived from the same scrappy sperm donor in this homage to ”Fight Club.”

  • Monday, May 8

    ”Ally McBeal” (9 p.m., Fox)
    Does Ally get busy with guest star JTT (Jonathan Taylor Thomas)? That would certainly fit our idea of home improvement.

    ”Video Killed the Radio Star” (10 p.m., VH1)
    See Jacko go all wolfie in this four-night tribute to the most groundbreaking videos.

  • Tuesday, May 9

    ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (8-9 p.m., WB)
    Yet another very special crossover episode, where Angel returns from his solo time slot to do battle with Buffy’s new beau. For an undead guy, Angel sure gets around.

    ”Battle of the Child Geniuses: Who Is the Smartest Kid in America?” (8 p.m., Fox)
    We’d just assumed it was Malcolm.

  • Wednesday, May 10

    ”Here’s to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years” (8 p.m., CBS)
    Sure, Congress already honored the late great Charles Schulz. But you haven’t really been posthumously appreciated until you get your own network special. DO NOT miss this rare opportunity to see Faith Hill on prime-time TV.

    ”Beverly Hills, 90210: The Last Goodbye” (9 p.m., Fox)
    Is this still on?

  • Thursday, May 11

    ”Powers of the Paranormal: Live on Stage” (8 p.m., Fox)
    They’re supposed to reveal the secrets behind unexplained phenomena, like why people still care about Darva Conger.

    “ER” (10 p.m., NBC)
    Afer five years on the show, Julianna Margulies is finally released from the E.R. Health care just ain’t what it used to be.

  • Friday, May 12

    ”Hot Boyz” (8 p.m., UPN)
    Play in that funky movie, white boy: C. Thomas Howell joins rappers Snoop Dogg and C-Murder in this Master P-directed crime thriller.

    ”Gloria Estefan, Caribbean Soul: The Atlantis Concert” (8 p.m., CBS)
    How’s this for Latin pride: Teen-pop gringos ‘N Sync have been cut from the program in order to give airtime to seminal salsa star Celia Cruz and guitarist Jose Feliciano. Oh wait… it’s the other way around. (The Cruz and Feliciano segments will air only in Latin America.)