Vanilla Ice, Tammy Faye, Ron Jeremy, Erik Estrada cast in Surreal Life 2.

Vanilla Ice, Tammy Faye, Ron Jeremy, Erik Estrada cast in Surreal Life 2.
Another late ’80s, early ’90s rapper is reportedly going to participate in The WB’s The Surreal Life, along with a jailed televangelist’s ex-wife and gay icon. Vanilla Ice and Tammy Faye Messner have both reportedly signed on for The Surreal Life 2, which started taping today along with other B-list celebrities including Ron Jeremy, Erik Estrada, and The Real World Las Vegas‘s Trishelle, according to TV Guide. Vanilla Ice, a.k.a. Rob Van Winkle, once trashed the set of an MTV show that was retiring his video for “Ice Ice Baby,” and “descended into a drug-fueled suicide attempt five years” before that, according to an AP story. After divorcing televangelist Jim Bakker when he went to jail, Tammy Faye went on to host a talk show with Jim J. Bullock, and has become “an unlikely icon for the gay community.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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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.