The great thing about "The Surreal Life" is that every season the cast is always an odd but incredibly compelling mix of celebrities, everyone from A-Listers all the way down to... well, ...
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In a new and improved semester at Charm School, Headmistress Ricki Lake is shaking things up. For the first time ever the halls of Charm School will be filled with charming wannabes from ... See full summary »
The great thing about "The Surreal Life" is that every season the cast is always an odd but incredibly compelling mix of celebrities, everyone from A-Listers all the way down to... well, not A-Listers. The hierarchy of the casts' fame and the question of the level of each person's celebrity always seems to come into question. Well, now it's time for those questions to be answered and find out who is more famous than whom in the first ever "Surreal Life All-Star Challenge!" "The Surreal Life All-Star Challenge" is a show where 12 cast members from previous seasons of "The Surreal Life" will compete against each other in a fun and out-of-control elimination-style contest to see which celebrity is the most famous of them all! Throughout this 10-episode challenge, the celebrities will constantly fluctuate between the A-List, the B-List and the dreaded "Thanks for playing, see you later"-List, but by the competition's end, only one celebrity will remain to claim the grand prize of $100,000...
I haven't actually seen an episode of this program (and won't see any in the future), and had known nothing about it. I caught it as it was being promoted, and with excerpts shown, on the TV Guide channel on my cable service, while checking the program schedule crawl.
Never until now have I had any affinity for the rantings of those TV evangelists, and others, who are always predicting the impending appearance of Armageddon, and the end of our world and civilization.
Even with all the crappy game shows, reality programs, Lifetime movies, "Golden Girls" re-runs, etc., inevitable on television today with the plethora of channels -- this show has to foretell the end of civilization as we know it.
Porn actor Ron Jeremy, Vanilla Ice, Erik Estrada, and - heaven protect us - the ludicrous Tammy Faye (formerly Bakker, of PTL), under the "leadership" of Gary Coleman, this is a freak show which defies imagination.
Further, this group then apparently engages in silly, inane activities, which would hold no interest if they involved, say, Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Robert Redford, Julia Roberts, and the like -- much this "D-list" grouping. Together they have less charisma than the late Jerry Orbach, or David Caruso, two actors whose moderate level of success has been achieved with little of that quality.
I realize that the producer can probably obtain this entire lot, at cost for an entire season which would be about what Jerry Seinfeld or Ray Romano made for half an episode on their shows.
However, I'd rather watch a half hour of either Jerry or Ray painting a wall, with no dialog, than this pathetic crowd. There is not a single element of any character or situation which has anything whatever to recommend it.
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