all 201 former Real World, Road Rules cast members will be on the next Challenge.

all 201 former Real World, Road Rules cast members will be on the next Challenge.
The next season of The Real World/Road Rules Challenge will have a cast numbering more than 200, including every one of the 118 people who’ve appeared on The Real World and the 83 who’ve done Road Rules. The tiny number of former cast members who’ve embarrassingly shunned show-related appearances and gone to actually accomplish things in their lives–like LA’s Aaron, London’s Jay, and, um, I can’t think of any others–will participate, as producers threatened them with their contracts’ little-known Rumpelstiltskin clause. Executive producer Jon Murray said, “It’s not like most of them do anything besides talk and blog about their appearances on our shows. And those who think they’re better than our show, well, we made them, and we can destroy them, too.” All 200 plus cast members will be stranded on an island in Borneo for a year, with cameras covering their lives 24/7. “Having ripped off Fear Factor and other shows, we figured, why not borrow from Survivor and Big Brother? We’re so beyond being out of ideas that now we’re just making stuff up on the spot,” an MTV exec said. Since the rules of the Challenges have become increasingly inane, rules will be dispensed with for this season, which is subtitled, “Lord of the Flies.”

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Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

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Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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