The Surreal Life

2004, TV Show


ABC's Whodunnit?: Your New Summer Guilty Pleasure


Think of ABC's summer series Whodunnit? as CSI-meets-reality TV — quite literally. The Clue-like murder-mystery show, in which 13 contestants are brought to a sprawling mansion to compete in a game to find out the identity of the killer among them, is the brainchild of reality TV veteran Cris Abrego (Rock of Love, The Surreal Life) and CSI creator Anthony Zuiker.

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Fox's Does Someone Have to Go? Brings the Office Drama Home

Employees of Velocity Merchant Services

Think you've got a dysfunctional workplace? You're not the only one.

Fox is bringing work home from the office with its new reality show Does Someone Have to Go?, which premieres Thursday at 9/8c. In the series, the latest creation from veteran reality show producers Mike Darnell (Joe Millionaire) and Cris Abrego (The Surreal Life), company power is turned over from management to the employees. The employees must then select three underperforming co-workers who run the risk of getting fired if they can't change their tune.

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Adrianne Curry and Christopher Knight Separating

Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry

Another reality TV couple bites the dust? On their fifth wedding anniversary, Adrianne Curry and Christopher Knight announced that they are splitting, according to Hollyscoop...
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E! Orders Bridal Plastic Surgery Competition Series

Shanna Moakler

Just when you thought you've seen it all on TV, E! has ordered a new reality show that combines weddings and plastic surgery.

Bridalplasty will feature 12 brides-to-be competing in wedding-themed challenges to win the surgical procedure of her choice, the network announced Thursday.

VIDEO: Advice for brides on a budget from David Tutera

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Mini-Me's Milllllion Dollar Sex Tape Lawsuit

Verne Troyer by Todd Williamson/

Earlier this week, TMZ went where no website should ever go when they posted clips from a leaked sex tape starring actor Verne Troyer. Troyer, best known for his role as Mini Me in Austin Powers (and getting piss drunk every other minute on The Surreal Life), is firing back at the site and filing a $20 million lawsuit claiming TMZ violated his rights by posting snippets of he and his lady friend doing…ahem…private stuff. Troyer claims the tape was stolen and wound up in the hands of Kevin Blatt (the brains behind One Night in Paris). Needless to say, Blatt is also named as a defendant in the suit. Besides looking to earn one 20 millllllion dollars, Troyer also wants an injunction to stop anyone else from viewing the video. Think $20 million is slightly outrageous in the land of law suits, or should TMZ be forced to pay the price of violating the actor's rights? And does anyone else find it strangely coincidental that his sex tape just happened to leak days after his new mo... read more

Short Cuts: Flavor of Love, Zack Mayo and More

In the biggest programming purchase in its 19-year history, the TV Guide Channel has inked a three-year deal to broadcast reruns of VH1 "Celebreality" series Flavor of Love, The Surreal Life and My Fair Brady, to start airing in July.... On DVD May 1: An Officer and a Gentleman: Special Collector's Edition streets, featuring all-new bonus material that includes a fresh interview with Richard Gere.... Vote for your favorite King of Queens episode and get a chance to win a $4,500 shopping spree. Go here for more.... "Tiny Bubbles" singer/onetime Brady Bunch guest star Don Ho died on Saturday of heart failure. He was 76. read more


VH1 has given the go-ahead to a second season of the Surreal Life spin-off Flavor of Love, in which rapper Flavor Flav seeks his soul mate. Casting is already underway for the new edition, which will premiere in early August and feature drop-ins by several hip-hop stars. read more


Nikki McKibbin and Mario Vazquez, American Idol 

Take heart, Lisa Tucker: Provided that no one's given you a nickname as embarrassing as Chicken Little, your elimination from American Idol last night is not necessarily a one-way ticket to the Surreal Life house on your way back to obscurity. Look at Latin heartthrob Mario Vazquez, last season's standout who quit the competition while still a judges' darling. This week he's releasing his first single, "Gallery," on J Records — and in two languages, no less. Not to be outdone, Idol 1's third-place finisher, rebellious rocker Nikki McKibbin, is also back with a vengeance. She's now accepting preorders through her website,, not only for her Chenoa Records debut single, the ya-gotta-hear-it-to-believe-it epic "The Lie," but also for a two-disc package that includes the video, a behind-the-scenes making-of DVD and her unplugged rendition of the Mr. Big hit "To Be with You." Both Vazquez's and McKibbin's full-length releases read more

Surreal Life Maybe I was overly...

Surreal LifeMaybe I was overly optimistic about this edition of The Surreal Life when I wrote about it last week. The second episode didn't bring any of the drama I was anticipating or any of the fireworks Florence Henderson promised during our interview. True, Tawny Kitaen was a bit of a control freak (heavy on the freak) while producing that Smash Mouth video. But in the end she brought the project in on time and under budget. So what if she scared Florence away by wearing a habit? (Although it's really sad that Tawny thought playing a sexy nun would be "avant-garde." How lame.) Steve Harwell begging Tawny to writhe around on the car was predic read more

"Mrs. Brady" Advises a Surreal Bunch

Florence Henderson

For the millions of us raised on a steady diet of reruns, Florence Henderson, aka Carol Brady, will forever be our surrogate mom. Even the B-list celebrities trapped on the new edition of VH1's The Surreal Life (Sundays at 9 pm/ET) got all gooey the minute she walked through the door. But Henderson isn't there to mother them. A trained hypnotherapist, she signed on as the house's on-call counselor, and judging from the drama of the previous seasons — not to mention the tempestuous pasts (sex changes, drugs and rock 'n' roll) of the current cast — Dr. Flo's guidance will be sorely needed. Hello, Florence? Are you there? Florence Henderson: Sorry, I'm having trouble with this speakerphone. [Fumbling sou read more

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Premiered: September 05, 2004, on VH1
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A number of C-list celebs move into a Hollywood mansion, where their day-to-day lives are filmed as they fend for themselves (no cars, no cell phones) and learn to get along with each other---or not. The first two seasons ran on the WB, then the show moved to VH1, where the celebrity antics grew bolder and the show became a cable hit.

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