Apparently name recognition is all you really need to get your own show. And sometimes not even that.
Sometimes peripheral relationships to long-outdated pop culture phenomenons are all you need to get on the air and humiliate yourself on basic cable. We've known this for a long time with VH1's The Surreal Life, but now their Celebreality craze is just getting out of hand.
Irv Gotti Project: No longer the subject of federal investigations for money laundering, Irv Gotti has cameras following him as he balances family life and work life.
Man Band: Arguably the most compelling show of the bunch, the one has former boy-band members including Bryan Abrams (Color Me Badd), Rich Cronin (LFO), Chris Kirkpatrick ('N Sync) and Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees) living in a house and forming a band. It's like The Real World meets Making the Band meets The Surreal Life only crappier in every conceivable way.
White Rapper Show: Hosted by some white rapper you've never heard of, this show will follow 10 contestants trying to become, you guessed it, the next big white rapper.
Untitled Whitestarr project: The son of music impresario Lou Adler has a band. And the band has a reality show. That's about it. Think of it as a low-rent "The Ashlee Simpson Show."
Bridging the Gap: Surprisingly, this show could be modestly classy. It's basically just teams two musicians (that you've heard of) and they make a song together. The first one has Eve and Queen Latifah. Fair enough.
Rags to Riches: E! True Hollywood Story on a different network. The first one has Snoop Dogg.
And if that isn't enough for you, there's more.
Tori Spelling is going to have a show on Oxygen where she and her husband open up a Bed and Breakfast in Southern California. Now, I loves me some Tori (shut up, I'm serious), but I really don't want to confront the reality of how horrible she probably really is.
Then there's the singer for Barenaked Ladies Ed Roberts who has a show on Canadian TV where he flies around and does odd jobs. Seriously. The show's called "Ed's Up."
And there's also a new Menudo show.
I never really thought I'd say this about reality TV — but I'm out. This whole situation is making me really depressed.
October 31st, 2006