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Reality TV's Strangest Stars, 10 Years Later

Adam Carlson, Tiffany Stevens ยท 08/07/14 10:15AM

Ten years ago, in 2004, someone somehow on reality TV's creaking conveyor belt made Big Brother and Charmed have sex and then put that child on national TV. It was called Mad Mad House. The one-season, discount-Halloween party promised a boot camp for 10 laymen, overseen by practitioners of five different alternative lifestyles. But because everything is made of lies, even this, the series' starsโ€”a vampire, a voodoo priestess, a witch, a modern primitive, and a naturistโ€”have spent the intervening decade becoming more and more themselves, or falling more and more apart, depending on how you tilt your head.