Friday, August 22, 2008

Guilty Pleasures

Yes, it's soon to be another cycle of America's Next Top Model, and this time, there is a transgender model instead of a plus-size! And then there's Dancing with the Stars, with Erica Kane herself, Susan Lucci as one of the contestants (Although it hasn't been confirmed yet, Tony Dovolani was at the dance studio I go to with Susan Lucci filming. Shh!). Chloris Leachman is also rumored which frightens me greatly. I'm not sure octogenarians should compete on reality TV shows. That's not ageist, I'm just worried about her breaking a hip. Brooke Burke and Kim Kardashian are total eye candy. Edyta is going to have some competition in the skimpy costume stakes.

But that's in the future. My current guilty pleasure resides on CMT. Yes, Country Music Television has two of the best reality shows on TV, Gone Country and Outsiders Inn.

The first series of Gone Country came on earlier this year. The premise is take a bunch of celebrities, put them up in a house in Nashville, have them work on a song, and then John Rich of Big & Rich will produce the winner. Carnie Wilson (is there a reality show she hasn't been on?), Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Bobby Brown, Sisqo, Diana DeGarmo, Maureen McCormick and Julio Iglesias Jr. were the celebrities and it was hilarious. From Bobby Brown's sleepwalking pee fests to Dee Snider and his coffee fixation, this show was Must See TV. Although I'm a little puzzled as to how Julio Iglesias Jr. won apart from the whole trying to court the Latino community aspect. His song wasn't country at all.

Now we are on to Season 2, and it's a pisser. Sebastian Bach, Chris Kirkpatrick from NYSYNC (Bach hilariously had no idea who Chris was when they met at the airport. Lance Bass he knew, Chris no), Irene Cara (who skips out I think after tonight's episode), American Idol reject Mikalah Gordon, Jermaine Jackson, Lorenzo Lamas, and drumroll please, that hot tranny mess herself Sean Young. Already in episode 1, Sean proved she was a car wreck waiting to happen. The kicker was Jermaine Jackson telling John Rich that the Jackson 5 were trying to be country singers before they went to R&B! (Can you just see Michael Jackson at the Grand Ole Opry?).

After that 1/2 of merriment, we get the Outsiders Inn, where Maureen McCormick, Bobby Brown and Carnie Wilson try to run the worst bed & breakfast inn in Cocke County, TN. Already, they've picked Larry, Darryl and his other brother Darryl as handymen. Bobby had his first taste of moonshine, and Maureen shook her finger at Bobby in the kitchen for bringing home guests for dinner without telling her. All's well that ends well, when the uninvited guests sang the favorite song of the old married couple who were staying at the inn.

I cannot wait to watch tonight's episodes.


Kwana said...

You are just full of good news. I can't wait for the fall season. I can't believe I missed Gone Country again. UGH!

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

More goodness. Rocco is going to be a contestant on Dancing with Katrina Smirnoff.