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Talk about Surreal. VH1’s hit television show “The Surreal Life” 6, was recently in San Luis Obispo to film their newest episode which will air in January. The cast includes “Mrs. Brady” Florence Henderson, “Mr. Jefferson” Sherman Helmsley, Poison guitarist CC Deville, Tawny Katain of Whitesnake fame, Alexis Arquette, (yes the brother/sister of David who is a cross dresser and just got the surgery to go from male to female) as well as Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell and Playboy TV’s Andrea Lowell.
Even MMAWeekly’s very own Ryan Bennett was on this past episode. “They had the crew learn how to be TV News Anchors . . . ” Bennett said. For those who don’t know, Ryan’s “real” job is working as a sports anchor for the NBC in Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo, KSBY TV. His job on the Surreal Life was to take Poison guitarist, CC Deville and make him a sportscaster for a day.
“They asked me to take CC out on any sport story I wanted to do, so I thought I could plug MMA on VH-1 so I took him over to SLO Kickboxing to do a story on Chuck. It was a way to talk MMA so I plugged it to the VH-1 producers and they said yes.” Bennett said.
So Bennett took the VH-1 cameras over to SLO Kickboxing this weekend and had Deville, who is about as athletic as a cinder block, to get in the ring with Chuck Liddell.
“I thought these guys were bar room brawlers or cigarette smokers or weekend warriors” Deville said. “But damn, these guys are legit athletes. I had no idea what it takes to be an ultimate fighter. These guys are legit.” CC said after the workout with Liddell, Antonio Banuelos and Christina Martin. “Hell, the chick (MMA fighter Martin) beat my ass down. I was scared as hell of her.”
Once Deville and the VH-1 crew spent an hour training over at SLO Kickboxing, Bennett took Deville back to the television station to anchor the sportscast. Bennett taught the former Poison star how to edit, write and produce a sportscast. When it came to the show, Deville was behind the anchor desk doing the feature on Liddell and MMA in general. It was comical, funny and informative, all at the same time.
“Bottom line, it put MMA in a good light and now when people watch VH-1 they are going to see these guys as true athlete’s, not “bar room brawlers” as CC thought going into the story,” remarked Bennett.
MMAWeekly TV will have behind the scenes coverage of CC Deville’s training session with Liddell, Banuelos and others as MMAWeekly was allowed to shoot the experience. Check it out next week, exclusively on MMAWeekly TV. As far as the actual TV show goes, the episode itself will air in January on VH-1 as the Surreal Life starts Season 6.