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Wednesday Realityrama!!

I am – Hercules!! I think I read somewhere about someone adapting Michael Apted’s British film series into an American version, but I think also maybe we’ve already got something like it in “The Real World/Road Rules Challenge.” The “Challenge” edition kicking off tonight, “The Gauntlet III,” features a whopping 32 MTV vets, including Beth Stolarcyzk, 23 when she was tapped for “The Real World: Los Angeles” and 38 now. We also get to catch up with Brooke LaBarbera, the hot anxiety disorder girl from “Real World: Denver” whose clips proved so popular on the “The Soup” last year. And C.T. Tamburello, of “Real World: Paris,” who got sent home in the opening epiosde of last year’s “Challenge” because of an impulsive decision to sock Brooke’s gay former roommate Davis Mallory in the yap. (One of the curious things about the MTV reality shows? You get kicked off the show if you pummel a castmate, but the infraction rarely prevents you from getting invited back to a different MTV show.) I wish they’d bring back more personnel from the early ‘90s. Wouldn’t it be fun to see Julie Gentry or Becky Blasband or Dominic Griffin or Cory Murphy or Kat Ogden back in those safety harnesses? (Or even actress Jacinda Barrett, who doesn’t seem as busy as she was two years ago?) Here’s who is coming back. Note how heavily the show tips toward the more recent casts. (And away from the “Road Rules” franchises, now that that show has essentially gone the way of “Remote Control” and “Liquid Television.”) FROM THE REAL WORLD: LOS ANGELES (1993): Beth Stolarcyzk FROM ROAD RULES: THE QUEST (2001): Katie Doyle FROM THE REAL WORLD: NEW YORK II (2001): Coral Smith FROM THE REAL WORLD: LAS VEGAS (2002): Frank Roessler FROM THE REAL WORLD: PARIS (2003): Adam King C.T. Tamburello FROM THE REAL WORLD: SAN DIEGO (2004): Brad Fiorenza Robin Hibbard FROM ROAD RULES: X-TREME (2004): Jillian Zoboroski FROM THE REAL WORLD: AUSTIN (2005): Johanna Botta Nehemiah Clark Danny Jamieson Rachel Moyal Melinda Stolp FROM THE REAL WORLD: KEY WEST (2006): Janelle Casanave Johnny Devenanzio Tyler Duckworth Paula Walnuts Meronek Zack Mann FROM RW/RRC: FRESH MEAT (2006): Eric Banks Diem Brown Casey Cooper Ryan Kehoe Kenny Santucci Ev Smith Evan Starkman FROM THE REAL WORLD: DENVER (2006): Tyrie Ballard Brooke LaBarbera Alex Smith FROM ROAD RULES: VIEWER’S REVENGE (2007): Tori Hall Derek McCray Angel Turlington Be reminded of what they all look like here. No Trishelle, no Genesis, no Irene, no Ruthie, no Teck, no Horny Mormon Julie, no Miz, no Lori, no Tonya, no Cara, no Arissa, no Irulan, no Alton, no Ace, no Mallory, no Cameran, no Jamie, no Wes, no Lacey, no Svetlana, no Cohutta, no Kelly Anne, no Ashli, no Dunbar, no Parisa. … Fox cancelled O.J. Simpson’s “If I Did It” special a while ago, but it’s going full speed ahead tonight with the American version of “Moment Of Truth,” which was cancelled in Colombia after one contestant admitted during a taping that she hired somebody to kill her husband. Apparently there’s a polygraph involved, but I’m told this show goes a little further than “Meet My Folks” did. If you want to win half a million dollars, all you have to do is answer 21 questions in front of friends and family without lying. Some of the questions: * Do you really care about the starving children in Africa? * Is your spouse the best lover you ever had? * Are you attracted to any of your partner’s friends? * Do you think you’ll still be married to your husband five years from now? * Is there a part of your husband’s body that repulses you? * Have you been faithful to your girlfriend? * Have you ever thought your boyfriend Jeff might be gay? * Have you ever illegally smuggled something into this country? The show’s lead-in is the nation’s longtime number-one series, “American Idol.” I know the Ain’t It Cool audience is much too evolved to indulge such a repulsive enterprise, but what of the “American Idol” viewers, who do not always switch off when Simon Cowell rudely ridicules human beings before a nationwide audience? "Moment of Truth": 9 p.m. Wednesday. Fox. "The Gauntlet III": 10 p.m. Wednesday. MTV.

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  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Like wow...

    by DarthFloyd

    If I really cared, I'd be so impressed. Reality thanks. Nothing to see here, move along.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Good Thing

    by BigFo

    There's Celebrity Rehab to keep Moment Of Truth from being the bottom of the barrel.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    1080i HD-DVD Player?

    by Orionsangels

    1080p or nothing. 1080i? how quaint. yes folks buy Blu-Ray from Blamo!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Warrior needs Food, Badly.

    by Squashua

    Elf is about to die.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Should I waste my time with the current Real World?

    by Shermdawg

    This is the first season I've skipped out on since London (mostly because the rarely replayed that one). Did anything major happen? How would it rank? I've been thinking about having a marathon over at, but since I'm this close to kicking the habit, unless something huge went down......I'll pass.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 2:08 p.m. CST


    by lecter1914

    I stopped watching this show ever since New Orleans. I think New Orleans is the point at which trashy took over the show. It seemed to be somewhat interesting and provocative up iuntil it became nothing but young 18-22 years olds getting drunk, being self aware on camera, and having sex..alot. THey almost brought me back with San Diego because they at least seemed like real people that werent as self aware, but then they lost me again.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 2:20 p.m. CST

    coral is back

    by mthrndr

    but no julie stoffer or Miz? WTF MTV?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST

    "Do you masturbate in your own feces?"

    by Zardoz

    There's probably no question they could ask that I wouldn't answer. But then, I wouldn't give a damn about any consequences if I could win a million bucks...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by Shermdawg

    Miz is one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions right now. His MTV days are over.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Moment of Truth "repulsive"? No.

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    If these people have something to hide, maybe they shouldnt be going on the game show. i think itll be great watching people squirm. and if theyre answers are uncomfortable or damning, well, then theyre guilty and deserve to be exposed!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Moment of Truth "repulsive"? No.

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    If these people have something to hide, maybe they shouldnt be going on the game show. i think itll be great watching people squirm. and if theyre answers are uncomfortable or damning, well, then theyre guilty and deserve to be exposed!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Moment of Truth?

    by skywalkerfamily

    More like Moment where you look like the doucebag you are.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    How does Herc know all those Real World/Road Rules people?

    by slone13

    I remember Pedro and Puck. And that's about it.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by prajadhipok

    MTV Reality shows Are Stupid, always were, always will be.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    They still do these challenges

    by skywalkerfamily

    It's sad watching people from Road Rules 1 competing with the latest Real World druggers.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    You Rock Squashua

    by DarthFloyd

    I loved your Gauntlet comment! Wizard is now IT. Seriously folks, isn't it about time for MTV to go back to doing music videos instead of this crapola? Or did the M in MTV go from meaning Music to Mundane?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Puck ruled

    by Bloo

    and I remember the Christian Cowboy from...LA? SF?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    I remember that irish guy

    by skywalkerfamily

    who drank all the time.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    YAAWWNN....All I can say is.......

    by closeencounter

    Big fucking deal. Bring on the new Chuck episodes!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Wow Herc

    by skimn

    you really referenced Michael Apted's 7Up series with the bimbos and boneheads from MTV's reality dregs..? By the way, sounds like there may be a little progress in the writers strike..any West Coasters hear anything?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Oh and Rick Schroder

    by skimn

    Indiana-Jonesing-It-Up on Ion has got to be one of the funnier things I've seen today.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Rick Schroder

    by ebonic_plague

    Did they do some kind of subtle digital Brandon Lee-ing of Harrison Ford's face onto the Silver Spoons kid's face in that dumb banner ad? Because, damn it's eerie how accurately he's got that same frustrated Indy frown going on. Oh, and fuck anything and anyone associated with MTV reality programming.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Decade old contestant(s)

    by Heckles

    Having people on the show that graced MTV before 99% of its core audience was born is a great idea. I can't believe this show is still on.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Who is the host?

    by skywalkerfamily

    Is it that guy who stunt bikes for a living?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    If ever a Terminator was needed

    by DarthFloyd

    Send one back in time to find the person(s) responsible for The "Real" World, and eliminate them before they could pitch their idea.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST

    I miss me some Kristen Bell...

    by Pennsy

    Random, yes, but until the strike is settled, look for more reality stuff than scripted. Also, Fox and CW sliced and diced their show prospects, too:

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Cheer up; Xenu's point man will be a SAG Awards presenter!

    by Pennsy

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:28 a.m. CST

    DarthFloyd, "Real World" was inevitable...

    by Epsilon

    Just like Judgement Day. Just like the boundaries of science will always be pushed so that someone will eventually develop an uber-smart A.I. that will attack mankind (at least in the movies) ... so too, would there always have been someone who decided that corraling a bunch of 20-something drama queens together would make a good reality show. Inevitable.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST

    I couldn't care less...

    by Kid Z

    ... I don't watch reality shows, because, you know, I'm not a mouth-breathing pinhead.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:47 a.m. CST

    seriously, fuck this

    by turketron

    While the "Moment of Truth" MIGHT be worth checking out (ah dam, looks like I missed it) does anyone really give half a shit about MTV's shows? Somehow, the channel that started this shit has the most painful to watch versions. At least some of the shit that VH1 shovels is so over the top bad that it's entertaining (I Love NY, Flave, etc), sort of like 2girls1cup. <p><p>In all seriousness though, the writers strike has allowed me to pick up the first book I've read in years, break out the 360 with renewed interest, and catch up on movies I've neglected to watch over the past few years.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:15 p.m. CST


    by hypnotron

    The fucking idiocracy! OW MY BALLS!

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Blue Wizard shot the food!

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    Heh..had to get one in. : )

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    I think if you give a wrong answer you should

    by skywalkerfamily

    get an electric shock.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 11:50 p.m. CST

    My new game show Kicked in the Nuts

    by skywalkerfamily

    You get the answer wrong some wrestler comes out and kicks you in the nuts.