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Surreal Life Gets...Real

1/9/2007 5:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

VH1 has expanded their "Surreal Life" franchise by adding a new game show, "The Surreal Life Fame Games," that premiered this past Sunday. The show pits celebrities in various contests, including Vanilla Ice, Poison's C.C. Deville, Pepa and Joanie "Chyna Doll" Laurer. If the opening episode is any indication, we'll see plenty of "reality" as the series unfolds.

The Surreal Life Fame Games

Indeed, within a few hours of filming the very first episode, things got real for former New Kid on the Block, Jordan Knight. Knight received a call saying his grandmother died. He told cast members he had to leave, and before the first show was in the can -- he was gone. Rumors swirled on the web that Jordan simply wanted out, but one cast member tells TMZ that they believe the call was legit.

Another thing that was apparently real were those tears shed by Chyna after losing the first celebrity contest. Week one saw cast members compete to see which star would get asked for the most photographs by an assemblage of audience members. Vanilla Ice actually managed to win the round. Poor Chyna only got one photo seeker and the tears welled ... then flowed. It was cute seeing her being consoled afterwards by fellow contestant Ron Jeremy.

Speaking of the big guy; Jeremy has at least one familiar friendly face in the cast; he and C.C. Deville are longtime buddies. They once created their own real-life surreal moment when Deville brought Ron to his house to meet his parents. Jeremy really is an accomplished pianist and played some tunes while CC and his dad sang along. Yes, CC, known for his guitar playing, is a bit of a "singer" himself. You'll get to hear him in next week's episode, singing the new theme song he wrote, appropriately titled: "I Want to Be Famous." Speaking of real life, Deville says he's looking forward to fatherhood. He'll have some extra fun with his soon-to-be newborn, as he's been learning magic for a new pilot called "Magic with the Stars."

He says he doesn't pull any tricks on this show. As the weeks unfold, you might see the rocker's softer side. As for other cast members, you might see some real anger. Some of these folks still take themselves seriously, even while appearing on this kind of show. What's a celeb reality show without anger and the gratuitous hookups? While week one saw Chyna relegated to the B List, she's bound to get some more press (either good or bad) for a hint of some lesbian liplocking between the former wrestler and Brigitte Nielsen -- now that is surreal!

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Mel    

What is there to say about this story......

2807 days ago
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Playboy TV    

Where the STAR of the show Miss Andrea Lowell at in this.

2807 days ago
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Jennie Christian    

I have to admit that when I first saw Jordan taking that call, I was SO reminded of "Johnny Fairplay" from Survivor; his intent, of course, was to stay ON the island, but I give Jordan all my best wishes and sympathy if this is true.

Jen

2807 days ago
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jill    

ron jeremy is funny and cute!

2807 days ago
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Mad Balls    

One of the lamest ideas for a show ever . Take a bunch of has-been who make it back to " nearly -has-been" and let them compete in games that make them look even more foolish than they are . Dickheads .

2807 days ago
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paul    

ROB ROCKS
VERN ROCKS
JORDAN KNIGHT IS A FAG. HE JUST CANT STAND TO HAVE ANY ONE AROUND HIM CUZ HE'S F***ING NUTS........ HEY JORDAN TAKE YOUR F***ING MEDS AND TELL YOUR GRANDMA HELLO. . . . . .

2807 days ago
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Dave    

"I Wanna be Famous" is NOT a new song by any means. C.C. recorded it years ago with his band Samantha 7. Get your facts straight!

2807 days ago
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Patty    

I love CC.....and I'm so proud of the path he's taken in his life. I wish him every kind of luck and happiness ....... I think he will be a wonderful father!

2807 days ago
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LeeF    

I am pulling for Brigitte all the way!

2807 days ago
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RHONDA    

Weird freakin show

2807 days ago
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Whatever    

I don't think anyone would lie about a family member being dead. But he probably is smart not to come back to this really queer show.

2807 days ago
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Idolwatcher    

The only thing worthwhile from this bunch is watching C.C. do his thing - he's looking fine and his personality comes off as sweet and sincere. It's a way to kill an hour a week....

2806 days ago
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Andreinac13    

CC your the man, i love him...i just do.
but what i really didn't like was jordan leaving the show
his not man enough to me (if the grannie stuff is made up)
i'm a private person too and i hang around people all day
and i don't freak like he does.HE IS CRAZY.

2797 days ago

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