Just when you thought the Reality Show genre no longer had anything interesting to offer (somewhere in between the words “Allison Iraheta” and “goodbye”), A&E utters the two words that television has been dying to say for two years:
New unscripted [A&E] series include an untitled Danza project billed as a “real-life ‘Welcome Back, Kotter,’ ” with Danza returning to teach high school students in his native New York…
abvg;oqwubvo;qwnfwlonlwhaaaaaaa????? Why was this not thought of sooner???? Quiet Dan, quiet Dan, calm down, it’s happening now, all’s good, beggars can’t be choosers…
“I was talking about going back and answering the call to service and doing something different with my life,” Danza told me yesterday. “I’m going to teach 10th grade English and have some other duties, maybe a drama class, and all of the things that come with teaching, like cafeteria duty.
“I’m trying to do what I call ‘responsible reality,’ ” says Danza, 58. “I don’t want to do that other [reality] stuff and I don’t want to do a game show and nobody’s knocking down my door for acting jobs.” [NY Post]
There’s no way this show won’t be amazing: reality show ridiculousness + high school kid ridiculousness + A&E low-budgetness/weird editing + Tony’s charisma + painful attempt at meaningful life lessons = Me Season Passing the first episode.
After the jump, a preview of what we expect Tony’s show to look like (Artist’s Conception):