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MTV SPOOF OF ITS 'REAL WORLD' SHOW TERMINALLY LAZY.

Byline: David Kronke TV Critic

DISCUSSIONS lately on how television cannibalizes itself (think Cartoon Network's ``Adult Swim'' or NBC's ``The Rerun Show'') only reinforce how much MTV's ``The Real World: The Lost Season'' comes a month - or year, or two - too late.

A parody, of sorts, this TV movie concerns a group of generically and genetically self-absorbed young people lured to Vancouver for reasons other than scoring fleeting dime-store fame via lurid behavior on a cable network.

``Real World: Lost Season'' begins like a particularly cagey ``MADtv'' sketch - the bimbo/aspirant star, the virgin, the sensitive artist, the dull guy, the astringent politico all heed the call and indulge in their particular brands of extravagant behavior. Until, that is, they're kidnapped by a sadistic wanna-be in pathetic need of tele-validation.

At this point, the film plays out not as a cagey satire of familiar MTV tropes, but worse - like a listless ripoff of a ``Diagnosis: Murder'' script (which in its day took a listless swing at reality TV). Only MTV, with its target audience of young girls who don't watch much other television, could pass off this plot line as vaguely original.

THE REAL WORLD: THE LOST SEASON - Two stars

What: Saga of reality-TV aspirants swept into a deadly, sort of, conspiracy.

Where: MTV.

When: 9 tonight.

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The cast of MTV's ``The Real World: The Lost Season'' portray a typical cross-section of the program's participants.
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Date:Aug 6, 2002
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