During the winter of 2014 MTV aired what was advertised as the “final season” of MTV’s Fantasy Factory, starring and produced by Rob Dyrdek, entrepreneur, businessman, pro skateboarder, producer and reality TV star. Due to huge backlash from the fans of Dyrdek and the show, Fantasy Factory is returning to MTV for Season 7 and what Dyrdek is calling the “final final season” of Fantasy Factory.
MTV’s Matt Donelly describes Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory as, “Dyrdek’s adult wonderland.” Season 7 of Fantasy Factory premieres on New Year’s Day 2015, followed by the premiere of Season 6 of Dyrdek’s other wildly popular show, Ridiculousness.
The return of Fantasy Factory is unsurprising as Dyrdek signed a multi-year contract with MTV back in June, “ensuring an extended stay” according to the Hollywood Reporter. “Under the deal, Dyrdek will develop a new pilot for MTV, in addition to continuing his current shows. Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, which was originally supposed to end its run after the sixth season (MTV issued a release last September announcing the end), is being brought back for a seventh season,” says the Hollywood Reporter.
The cast of Fantasy Factory includes Dyrdek’s co-hosts on Ridiculousness Steelo Brim and Chanel West Coast. Brim is the also the owner of the Basic Math clothing line, which premiered in September. Chanel West Coast is an up and coming rapper signed to Young Money, and she has collaborated with some of the hottest rappers in the industry such as French Montana. Her debut album will be dropping soon. The cast also includes Dyrdek’s cousins Scott and Chris Pfaff better known as “Big Cat” and “Drama” respectively. Big Cat is also the owner of the Born A Lion clothing line; similarly, Drama is the owner of the Young and Reckless clothing line. The final cast member is Dyrdek’s good friend, Christopher Boykin; better known as “Big Black” Big Black is a navy veteran and the owner of the Do Work clothing line.
I realize that there is a lot of negativity directed at MTV, and I would agree that the majority of the programming is garbage. However I think’ Dyrdek’s shows are an exception to the rule; they’re not perfect but I feel the positives far outweigh the negatives and the shows are well worth watching. I’m not a parent, but if I were I would not only let my kids watch it, I would want them to watch it!
Fantasy Factory portrays Dyrdek as a kind, compassionate, generous, caring, genuine, and humble individual. These are all rare qualities in a celebrity, particularly humility. He’s one of the few celebrities that I actually respect and look up to. Before you dismiss me as simply a star struck fan, I recently wrote an article for another website regarding the downfalls of celebrity worship. I realize that this is a reality show, and reality shows generally have little connection with reality, but there is something about Dyrdek that makes you believe he is being 100% real. When you watch his shows he gives off this vibe that he is the same man on and off camera. However there will always be a doubt in the back of my mind until when and if I get the chance to see this for myself. So it’s possible that Dyrdek is just a really good actor, but I somehow doubt that.
Lastly, before you dismiss Dyrdek as simply a reality TV star, he’s so much more. Dyrdek is a pro skateboarder and the founder of Street League Skateboarding. In addition he’s a highly successful entrepreneur and businessman whose name is associated with hugely successful brands such as DC Shoes (who is celebrating their twenty year anniversary), Monster Energy, IVI Vision, Loud Mouth Burritos and many more.
If you’ve never seen Dyrdek’s shows I encourage you to tune into to MTV at 10 PM EST every Thursday starting New Year’s Day, for the premier of Season 7 of Fantasy Factory followed by Ridiculousness at 10:30 for what has been affectionately dubbed “Double Dyrdek Thursdays.”
I know the fans of Dyrdek all have the same question on their mind. Is Season 7 truly the last season of the show? I know all the fans are hoping and praying for Season 8. Will we get lucky again? We shall see.