The Surreal Life debuts tonight.

The Surreal Life debuts tonight.
Seven celebrities try to live together in a house for 10 days as The WB debuts The Surreal Life tonight at 9 p.m. ET. They’re “without transportation, cell phones or personal assistants,” but they can leave the house to go grocery shopping. The seven celebrities are MC Hammer, Emmanuel Lewis, Brande Roderick, Corey Feldman, Gabrielle Carteris, Vince Neil, and Survivor Australia‘s Jerri Manthey. The Chicago Sun-Times Phil Rosenthal says the show is “inexplicable yet bizarrely compelling” and “far shrewder” than Celebrity Mole.
+ also: Jerri talks about the show and comments about the way The WB is promoting it.

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.