The Surreal Life 6 debuts tonight

VH1 debuts the sixth season of The Surreal Life tonight at 9 p.m. ET, opposite the cliffhanger-continuing episode of The Sopranos.

In the house this year is Sherman Hemsley, C.C. DeVille, Alexis Arquette, Tawny Kitaen, Steve Harwell, Andrea Lowell, and, in a cameo role only, Florence Henderson. As to the male reality star rumored to be joining the house, he will be selected during a “15 More Minutes of Fame Reality Hunk Pageant.”

VH1 is doing its best to generate pre-show drama, noting that DeVille is “fresh out of rehab” and calling Arquette “Transgender Hollywood Royalty.” The network has already revealed some of the tasks the cast will be given during their brief stay in the house, although those tragically don’t include an FCC-baiting pixelated orgy.

The Surreal Life 6 [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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