If you ever thought that being on a reality show (especially winning a reality show) was a quick way to get famous and ensure future success, just watch Life After Top Chef and consider that myth thoroughly busted. The new series, which premiered last night, is like an unscripted version of The L.A. Complex, minus the entertainment value. The show follows former Top Chef contestants Fabio Viviani, Richard Blais, Spike Mendelsohn and Jen Carroll as they try to parlay their 15 minutes of fame into restaurants and other businesses to varying degrees of success. But after one hour, I already feel caught up enough on their lives and annoying personalities that I don't need to follow them for a full season.
On to the Grammys...
With news that AMC is planning to do a Watch What Happens Live-type talk show, we're thinking that more networks should be cashing in on this low-budget, highly-entertaining type of exclusive entertainment. Taking a page from Andy Cohen, who drove his Bravo behind-the-scenes series to success, here's how other networks could run their WHW-style shows.
For those of you Anglophiles who already know of the awesomeness that is the British comedy Peep Show, it's time for rejoicing. And for those who don't, hear ye: there's this British comedy, it's called Peep Show, and it is awesome. There. Oh, did you want to know what it's about? How about this? According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show is "a modern-day Odd Couple centering on Jeremy (Rob Chester Smith), a slacker with misguided musical ambitions, and Mark (Brad Morris), his uptight, office-drone roommate, who are living together and trying to survive the many unexpected hurdles life throws at them. The stories are told with what is described as a 'unique' first-person perspective and voice-over from the characters." I'd add to that simply that it's super-bawdy, and features unfortunate teeth. There, that should do it. Anyway.
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