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VH1 announces 'The Surreal Life 5' cast, series to premiere September 4
By Steve Rogers, 03/29/2005
VH1 announced Tuesday that it has begun production of its fifth The Surreal Life installment. Billed as "better, stronger and faster" than ever before, The Surreal Life 5 will premiere Sunday, September 4, 2005 and feature an outspoken admitted steroids user and two notorious reality show divas among its seven celebrities -- a combination expected to result in the show's most explosive cast yet.
Topping The Surreal Life 5's cast will be two faces already familiar to most reality show viewers -- original The Apprentice villainess Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth and America's Next Top Model judge Janice Dickinson, the bitchy self-professed "world's first supermodel" who sparked a PR war with fellow reality TV personality Ryan Seacrest following a censored live appearance on the American Idol host's syndicated daytime talk show.
Also likely to be familiar to viewers is the face of Jose Canseco, the one-time superstar baseball slugger who recently appeared on newcasts around the country due to the publication of his Juiced : Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big steroids exposť book that resulted in his appearance at congressional hearings investigating Major League Baseball's drug testing policies.
Rounding out the cast will be four less controversial celebrities -- Salt-n-Pepa hip-hop group member Sandi "Pepa" Denton, motorcross madman Carey Hart, British model Caprice, and Bronson Pinchot, the actor best known for his role as Balki Bartokomous in ABC's late 80's Perfect Strangers sitcom.