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Mystery rocker stars in new reality series

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 6th 2006 9:29AM
Fred DurstThe producers of VH1's Surreal Life and My Fair Brady have another card up their sleeves. They're currently casting twenty bachelorettes to live in a Hollywood Hills mansion and compete for the love of "one of the 90s hottest rockers." They're keeping the name of the rocker under wraps, but claim that he's a "famous, sexy, bad boy rocker" and "lead singer of a famous 90s rock band."

This Flavor of Love-type premise requires some real loons to make it work. Idolator has made a few guesses at who said bad boy might be. They've floated Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind, Steve Harwell of Smashmouth and Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit. I'd find it way more humorous if someone like Eddie Veder or Billy Corgan had decided that they were going to try and undermine the genre by colluding with it, but Idolator's list makes sense. I'd say the smart money's on Durst or Duritz. Anyone interested in auditioning?

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Celebrity Fit Club announces fifth season

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 19th 2006 12:04PM
Celebrity Fit ClubCelebrity Fit Club has announced the line-up of unfortunate stars to join its fifth season ranks beginning in April 2007. Expect to see Maureen McCormick, Dustin Diamond, Tiffany, Cledus T. Judd, Da Brat, Ross "The Intern" Matthews, Kimberly Locke and Warren G being whipped back into shape by the usual assortment of trainers and nutritionists.

So, let's see, that's 2 former child stars, 1 former mall rat, 2 hip-hoppers, 1 country star, 1 D-lister and 1 American Idol contestant. They're missing the late 80s movie star whose life has devolved into substance abuse and erratic behavior, but Diamond does have the amateur porn outing. Sounds like just the right mix of disgrace and desperation for "celebreality" to me.

I don't begrudge anyone who wants to get in shape and lose weight, but why on TV? And, what the heck is Warren G doing on this show? He's a former member of the Eastside Rollin' 20 Crips. Crips don't jazzercise. Do they?

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Reality shows from Mike Tyson and Brigitte Nielsen on the market

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 15th 2006 7:32PM
Mike TysonI feel icky even reporting on these two reality outings from Mike Tyson and Brigitte Nielsen, but it's my jobs, folks.

After making a cameo appearance on Being Bobby Brown, former heavyweight champ, convicted rapist and infamous ear biter Mike Tyson wants a show of his own. Tyson is shopping around a concept featuring himself, his daughter Mikey and Don King's granddaughter. The show would focus on their family dynamic, but also on Mikey, who is launching a plus-size clothing line. The concept is a bore, but the show is all about the Iron Mike freak factor. It's the kind of celebrity warmed-over reality show that I feel uncomfortable watching, which is why I'm not a network programmer. I'm sure it will sell like gangbusters.

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I'm sorry, I actually laughed during So NoTORIous

by Ryan j Budke, posted Apr 6th 2006 1:27PM
tori spelling; so notoriousSome people love it, some people loathe it, but VH1's block of CelebReality shows must be doing pretty good ratings-wise for the channel, because they are constantly adding new programs to the lineup. While I do enjoy Best Week Ever and the occasional episodes of Hogan Knows Best and Surreal Life, I can't say that I'm really hooked on any of the shows, Lord help me, until now.

The newest addition to the VH1 family, So NoTORIous, stars Tori Spelling as Tori Spelling and is an odd little blending of sitcom and reality. She pokes fun of herself, her life, her insanely powerful father and eccentric mother non-stop, and I loved every second of it. I have a soft spot in my heart for celebrities that don't take themselves seriously and have no problems with making fun of themselves (David Hasselhoff, William Shatner, Pamela Anderson, etc).

There was news recently that Tori's parents are considering suing her in real life because of her jabs at her mother's eBay addiction on the show, so one could probably assume that this is probably hitting a "little too close to home." It's been a while since I've kicked back with Aaron Spelling, so I'm not sure if he's still that way, but I'd venture to say yes. I do know that I'll be tuning in every week to see how the former Beverly Hills princess fairs out in the real world.

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