CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) -- "The Surreal Life" is moving from the WB to VH1 as the cable channel has picked up the series for a third season of 10 episodes.
Casting is already underway on the new season, which as expected will have a more music-themed focus, for a fall 2004 premiere date.
The announcement was made yesterday via press release:
VH1 GETS SURREAL AS �THE SURREAL LIFE� MAKES ITS THIRD SEASON DEBUT ON THE NETWORK
�The Surreal Life� moves into a third season on VH1.
VH1 along with series producers Mark Cronin and Cris Abrego have agreed to produce a third season of this successful celebrity-based series that chronicles the lives and adventures of six unlikely celebrities, living together in a Hollywood mansion for an extended period.
�The Surreal Life� comes to VH1 from the WB where it broke ratings records in its second season. The third season of �The Surreal Life� will consist of ten episodes and is set to premiere during third quarter on VH1.
�We�ve been fans of �The Surreal Life� since the first episode and couldn�t be more thrilled that the series is coming to VH1,� said Brian Graden, President, Entertainment, MTV/VH1. ��The Surreal Life� has already proven to have all the unique elements of a winning pop culture experiment - great storytelling with iconic personalities and lots of surprises. The series fits perfectly into the VH1 line-up.�
�Cris and I are ecstatic about our new home at VH1. Our show is a reality sitcom that celebrates celebrity and Brian Graden has expressed his desire to back our creative vision.� comments series producer Mark Cronin.
The first season of �The Surreal Life� featured such incredible pairings as Gabrielle Carteris, M.C. Hammer, Vince Neil, Corey Feldman, Emmanuel Lewis, Jeri Manthey and Brande Roderick; while the second season featured Traci Bingham, Ron Jeremy, Tammy Faye Baker, Trishelle Cannatella, Erik Estrada and Vanilla Ice. Casting for the third season is underway.
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