The Surreal Life

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    A History of Rappers and Boxing

    Yesterday, headlines were made and stomachs were turned with the news that Trayvon Martin-shooter George Zimmerman would be taking part in a "Celebrity Boxing" event. As if the notion of killing a teenager qualifying one as a "celebrity" wasn't enough, it was announced that Zimmerman's opponent woul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Top 10 Rap-Related Reality-TV Moments

    ​"Reality rap" was once a phrase invoked by gangsta rappers to defend their music against moral outcry from the mainstream media and pesky suburban dwellers. These days, the term largely refers to the slew of emcees lining up to star in their own TV shows. While Boogie Down Productions associa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Little Big Man: Gary Coleman Busted on Domestic-Violence Warrant

    America's safe for now because Gary Coleman is behind bars. The little guy with big problems is in the slammer in Utah, picked up on a domestic-violence warrant. Details not known, but last reports say he was still in jail despite a piddling bond. The warrant may involve the Diff'rent Strokes st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    10 Profoundly Depressing "Celebrity" Sightings at This Year's Big Apple Comic Con

    The special guest line-up for this past weekend's Big Apple Comic Con read a lot like a wish list for VH1's The Surreal Life: classic TV-show refugees (Different Strokes' Todd Bridges, Silver Spoons' Erin Gray, Dukes of Hazzard's Tom Wopat); cartoony wrestlers (Ric Flair, The Iron Sheik, Bushwacke ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 15, 2009

    "Facts of Life" Sweetie Costars with Gay Porn Studs

    Meeting Mindy Cohn in Fort Greene. Side trip to Nashville.

  • News

    February 1, 2005

    Why the King of Pop Will Moonwalk

    Musto skips jury duty and judges the Michael Jackson trial

  • Art

    January 11, 2005

    The Half-Life of Celebrity

    Let them eat stars: Pop-culture vultures circle the flesh of the semi-rich and famous on VH1

  • Art

    November 30, 2004

    Lowlight Reel

    A richness of televisual embarrassments: The annual duds

  • Art

    December 23, 2003

    The Pleasure Channel

    The Year in TV

  • Art

    January 14, 2003

    Hunks and Has-Beens

    Reality TV—Pop Thrills at 'Human Amusement Parks'