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The show: VH1s The Surreal Life (which aired originally on The WB), where celebrities pretend theyre on The Real World.
The cast: (on the first VH1 season) Charo, Dave Coulier, Flavor Flav, Jordan Knight, Brigitte Nielsen and Ryan Starr.
The prize: Screen time in prime time.
Sample challenge: Trying to understand the words coming out of Charos mouth.
Did it work? Id say so. The show gave VH1 its "Celebreality" banner and launched Flavor Flav as a bona-fide TV star. Thanks a lot, VH1!