Musicians are happy to open their doors to TV cameras whenever they have a new project to pimp. Reality shows have become a standard part of the promo package, but sometimes they backfire spectacularly by making the star look like a pee drinking, tuna befuddled, shrieking, unhinged loon. Think we’re exaggerating? Think again.
And yet many networks are drawn to the idea, because train-wrecks make for hilarious viewing and great ratings. BET recently entertained the idea of a Chris Brown reality show centered on his life following release from jail. Despite the fact that his new album X is set for release later this year, Team Breezy shot down BET’s hopes of this show ever happening. Maybe they remember watching some of these other music-centric reality shows that portrayed the artist in a not-so-great light.
Name: Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
Air Dates: August 19th, 2003 – March 30th, 2005
Outcome: The reality show followed Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson in their first few years of marriage. A few months after the show wrapped, the pair were headed to Splitsville. But hey, at least she learned to correctly identify tuna.
Name: The Ashlee Simpson Show
Air Dates: June 16th, 2004 – March 30th 2005
Outcome: Ashlee’s show chronicled the recording of her debut disc, Autobiography, which was released in 2004. Even though the first album was met with much success, sales for subsequent albums took a nose dive. Despite having her own show, Ashlee’s most unforgettable television moment occurred on Saturday Night Live, during her her infamous lip-synching incident on October 25th, 2004.