Emmanuel Lewis, MC Hammer, and other has-been celebs sign to star in WB's new 'The Surreal Life' reality show
By Reality TV World staff, 09/27/2002
Variety reports that the upcoming WB reality series "The Surreal Life" has lined up the kind of dream cast that nightmares are made of. "Marquee" names such as rapper M.C. Hammer, Emmanuel Lewis of the 1980s sitcom "Webster," Mindy Cohn (Natelie from "The Facts of Life,") rocker Vince Neil of the band Motley Crue and former "Baywatch" babe Brande Roderick are on board to move into a house and have their lives taped round-the-clock, ala "The Real World."
Formerly known as "The Surreal World," "The Surreal Life" will, as previously announced, track the waking hours of its B-listers as they move into a house in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, share a bathroom, make dinner and perform other assorted chores. The adventure will last for two weeks, and, for now, produce six episodes' worth of would-be entertainment.
The series was said to be inspired by the popular commercials for "Lipton Sizzle & Stir" featuring disparate celebrities as a functioning dysfunctional family unit. "Surreal," originally slated to air this month, was pushed back to midseason to give producers more time to cast the series and set up camp. The WB ordered six episodes of the show earlier this summer.