That especially surreal season of The Surreal Life begat the spinoff roadtripping series Strange Love, which chronicled Brigitte and Flav's comic misadventures across the globe from Europe to Vegas.
But after Fouffy and Gita's TV romance fell apart on that show's staged-but-sad season finale, Flav soon embarked on a "serious" quest for a special someone who could fill the Brigitte-shaped hole in his heart. And that quest was (in)famously chronicled on a ratings-bonanza VH1 program titled Flavor Of Love, of course.
Meanwhile, Flavor Of Love inspired two seasons (and an upcoming third season) of Poison frontman Bret Michaels' similar, equally hoochie-rific dating show, Rock Of Love.
But that's not all, folks.
Now I Love New York season 1 suitors/brothers/"Stallionaires" Real and Chance are starring in their own spinoff dating show, Real Chance Of Love. And Bret Michaels' scary-faced season 2 reject Daisy De La Hoya, after indulging in short-lived post-show flings with rockers/reality-TV regulars Dave Navarro and Tommy Lee, has announced a casting call for her own televised search for the tattooed loveboy of her dreams.
This, of course, is all aside from VH1's other Surreal Life spinoffs, like My Fair Brady and The Surreal Life Fame Games. Or the various Surreal Life vets who've appeared on other VH1 shows, like Pepa (The Salt-N-Pepa Show), Da Brat (Celebrity Fit Club), Brigitte Nielsen (Celebrity Rehab), and Tawny Kitaen (Celebrity Rehab 2). Or the Flavor-ish copycat dating shows like A Shot Of Love With Tila Tequila and its own Domenico-starring spinoff, That's Amore.
The list truly goes on and on and on...
But VH1's insular little Celebreality world has become like one of those Russian nesting dolls, opening and reopening and unraveling to reveal more and more layers and levels and compartments of (sur)reality. And it's getting to be a bit much. And these shows are overlapping so much in the VH1 programming calendar at this point, I feel like I see cast members like Rock Of Love's Brandi C. and Megan or Flavor Of Love's Pumkin more than I see members of my own family.
And it seems like there will be no end to the headspinning spinoff madness, until each and every castmate gets his or her own show. Really now, can Frenchie Of Love, Lacey Of Love, Hoopz Of Love, Rodeo Of Love, Destiney Of Love, 12-Pack Of Love, Buddha Of Love, Thing Of Love (starring twins Thing 1 and Thing 2), Tailor Made For Love, Deelishis Love, or Midget Mackin' Love be far off?
That being said, of COURSE I will be watching Daisy Of Love when it airs. Hopefully I'll find some time for charity work and sleeping before then...
- Brigitte Nielsen