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MTV will study the effects of altitude on self-absorbed and frequently sozzled young adults later this year when it takes “The Real World” to the Mile High City.

Production on the 18th edition of “The Real World” is scheduled to begin later this spring in Denver. The show is scheduled to debut in late 2006.

“Denver has absolutely everything we could hope for – diversity, activities, energy and nightlife,” says Lois Curren, head of series entertainment at MTV. “We’re sure that the character and spirit of this picturesque city will be endlessly compelling to the seven roommates and audience alike.”

Colorado Gov. Bill Owens and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who apparently haven’t watched the show much, say they’re thrilled to welcome the show to the base of the Rockies. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Denver to showcase our cultural and recreational vibrancy to a very large, young audience,” Hickenlooper says.

The latest batch of “Real World” roomies will take up residence in Denver’s hip LoDo (Lower Downtown) area, a historic district that’s home to a number of galleries, restaurants and bars. MTV isn’t saying what their job will be.

‘Housewives’ moonlight on Lifetime

“The Golden Girls” and all those women in peril are getting some new neighbors.

Lifetime has snapped up the exclusive basic-cable rights to ABC’s hit “Desperate Housewives,” with repeats of the show’s first season scheduled to begin this summer. The deal will also allow the cable network to repurpose the show beginning in September 2008, with new episodes airing a week or two after their debut on ABC (Lifetime is half-owned by ABC parent Disney).

“This brilliant water-cooler series makes us laugh and makes us cry with its insightful windows into the lives, emotions, dreams and disappointments of diverse women,” says Leslie Glenn-Chesloff, head of acquisitions at Lifetime. “As a pop-culture icon with powerful appeal to women viewers, “Desperate Housewives’ is a perfect addition to our schedule.”

The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series does seem like a natural fit for Lifetime, revolving as it does around the lives of several women whose upper-middle-class lives belie a slew of problems below the surface.

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