The Austin cast had to shoot, edit and direct their own documentary on the South by Southwest music festival. After filming ended, the warehouse was completely gutted.Their "boss" was Paul Stekler, an award-winning documentary filmmaker who taught at the University of Texas. The interior used for the series was designed by Austin designer Joel Mozersky. The west half of it was turned into a Mexican restaurant called The Rio Grande.Consisting of 24 episodes, the season premiered on June 21 later that year and was watched by nearly 4 million viewers.Almost every season of The Real World, beginning with its fifth season, has included the assignment of a season-long group job or task to the housemates, continued participation in which has been mandatory to remain part of the cast since the Back to New York season."This way, they don't have preconcieved notions about me! I'm 29 now, a completely different person."Although some personalities may seem to get turned around on camera, Melinda explained that MTV does a good job of showing what's significant and what's real. MTV couldn't write that in."Speaking of jerks, Melinda's castmate from Austin, Wes Bergmann is also on her team this season. I really love that kid." She has also stayed in touch with other castmates from her 2005 adventure. " she said of her career that she's been working at for eight years. "This season, you can catch Melinda on "Team Austin" with her "brother" Wes (who has been on seven challenges and won one), her ex-husband Danny (who has been on six challenges), and Lacey, who is a rookie!
Although she's in a relationship now, she said that when it comes to dating, it's a strange experience."When I meet someone, I think I prefer when they don't know who I am and have never seen the show," Melinda said. I haven't been on a challenge with him since , and it's like no time has passed. "So, now that she's back home from the show, Melinda has gone back to her every day life —working as a dental hygenist (yes, she cleans teeth)."I love what I do! I had a patient who came in and was like 'I can't believe the girl from the team thing! The east half was leased to a printing services company.The house was converted into the Vince Young Steakhouse, which opened in November 2010.It closed at some point prior to June 2006, when it was leased to the Real World production, which held the lease until June 2007.The building and the rest of the Darling Walk Complex were demolished in late 2008, to be replaced by a 0 million development that will include Commonwealth Bank of Australia global headquarters buildings, retail space, and a new park.