Surreal Life 6 cast includes Sherman Hemsley, Alexis Arquette, and Florence Henderson (sort of)

Sherman Hemsley and Alexis Arquette headline the cast of The Surreal Life 6, which is really scraping the bottom of the C-list barrel. Poison guitarist C.C. Deville and Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell will also join the cast, along with Playboy TV’s Andrea Lowell and Tawny Kitaen.

Who? Seriously, who are these people?

The biggest name belongs to Florence Henderson, aka Mrs. Brady, but she’s apparently not signing up for the full experience. Instead, she “joins the show as the cast’s full time and on-call therapist/advisor,” according to a press release. They’ll also vote to add “an extra cast member from a pool of reality hunks,” who will perhaps be the most immediately recognizable cast member.

The new series debuts in January.

VH1 Announces Excitingly Eclectic Cast For The Brand New Season Of ‘The Surreal Life’ [VH1 press release]
Surreal Life 6 cast pictures [VH1]

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.