There has to be something in The Bible about this.
Television has had to choose between making gold or crap. They can pay top dollar to make shows like Mad Men and hope to cash in on DVD sales, or crank out dirt-cheap reality shows that can turn a profit even with tiny ratings. Or, they can say "fuck it" and make a show about dating Flavor Flav.
Flavor of Love (2006-2008) is a VH-1 "Celebreality" show. It centers around Public EnemyHype Man and Large Ham Flavor Flav finding true love after his breakup with Brigitte Nielsen (Sylvester Stallone's ex-wife). 20 girls were to compete for his heart until only one remained. It didn't work out too well, resulting in not two, but three seasons, each with a new supply of girls. Hilarity ensued.The show is So Bad, It's Good, and goes way beyond Bile Fascination and right back to Crazy Awesome. Largely because all of the girls — and Flav himself — are freakishly insane.Oh, and? The season 1 girls weren't told they'd be dating Flavor Flav, until they'd already been cast.Each contestant is given a nickname by Flav (he's admittedly not good with names) and is referred to by that nickname for as long as she remains in the competition on VH-1. The contestants compete for intimate dates with Flav by partaking in various challenges, ranging from silly to ridiculous. At the end of each episode, the show features a clock ceremony where contestants receive gold clocks to wear around their necks. Flav brings the few remaining women's parents on in the third or second to last episode. Finally, the season finale takes place in a tropical destination. The finalists and Flav spend the last two days at a luxurious resort preceding his final decision.The whole mess was a Star-Making Role for many of the girls, and resulted in a number of spinoffs / clone shows, many of which feature a whole lot of contestants from previous shows. These shows include, but are in no way limited to:
Also, Flavor of Love itself spun off from Strange Love, a spinoff of The Surreal Life, in turn based on The Real World, which... you get the idea.In the end, Flav decided not to go with his pick, but to marry the mother of his seventh child instead. Well, at least we all had a good laugh, right?
The Mole: Red Oyster, who volunteered to spy for Flav. Also Eye'z, who wasn't really a competitor anyway.
Money, Dear Boy: In a later MTV interview, Hoopz said she was simply scouted for the show in LA last minute and had a contract a few hours later. Although she genuinely liked Flav, it's obvious that at least a few girls on the show were brought in the same way without so much as a clue who Flavor Flav is.
Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Flav does this in Season Two to bring back New York on the show, even though she wasn't a contestant at the time, and again in Season Three to bring back Thing 2, after she was eliminated. Earlier in Season Three, he allows four girls selected by Saaphyri and Buckwild to enter the competition in Episode Seven.