It’s prime time for early-2000s nostalgia, and the latest blast from the past to get a reboot is The Surreal Life. Who will make up the cast?
Fans of early 2000s reality TV will soon have a new obsession, as the popular VH1 show, The Surreal Life, is getting a reboot. Like The Real World before it, The Surreal Life is the latest show to capitalize on nostalgia for the early 2000s, and it’s sure to be a hit with millennials looking for a taste of the shows they loved in their youth.
The Surreal Life ran for six seasons between 2003 and 2006 and consisted of a group of C-list celebrities living together in a house as cameras captured their wacky antics. The original series featured some of the most entertaining reality TV stars of the 2000s, including Flavor Flav, Brigette Nielsen, Verne Troyer, Janice Dickinson, and Vanilla Ice. It was a popular series that spawned several spin-offs, and there’s already buzz brewing for the reboot.
According to Deadline, the rebooted series will follow the original premise of a group of celebrities living together and competing in challenges while the cameras keep rolling. The cast of the new series has already been announced and includes Tamar Braxton (Braxton Family Values), Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle), Stormy Daniels (adult film star), August Alsina (rapper), Dennis Rodman (athlete), CJ Perry (WWE pro-wrestler), Kim Coles (Living Single), and Manny Mua (beauty blogger).
“The Surreal Life is known for bringing together some of the biggest names in pop culture and creating many unforgettable moments in reality television,” President of Content and Chief Creative Officer of MTV Entertainment Group, Nina L. Diaz commented. “We are excited to see how this stellar celebrity cast will make captivating television for audiences everywhere.” There’s no word on whether there will be reboots of The Surreal Life spin-offs, like Rock of Love, will be returning as well, but perhaps it depends on the popularity of The Surreal Life reboot.
Now is definitely the time to capitalize on the desire for early 2000s nostalgia, and The Surreal Life reboot is poised to be a hit. It joins the ranks of other recent reboots, like MTV Cribs, that use the power of sentimentality to draw in audiences both old and new. The series has lined up an interesting group of celebrities who are likely to generate compelling drama and conflicts. Anticipation is already building for what could be a smash hit.
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