It's amazing how much money some people will give up for a little bit of sleep.
"We've got to go back to the island, J.J.! We've got to go baaack!"
I'm not kidding. If Danny Bonaduce, Screech, Dennis Rodman, the girl who played Tabitha on Bewitched and Frank Stallone getting into a ring and wrestling each other on national television for cash doesn't signal the end, I don't know what does. Oh, and did I mention that Hulk Hogan is hosting? Because he is. Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling airs this fall. On CMT, where it belongs.
'Member that episode of 30 Rock where, in the opening credits, Jack Donaughey enumerates the slate of ridiculous reality shows NBC had in developement? These include, if you'll recall, America's Next Top Pirate, Are You Stronger Than A Dog and the infamous Milf Island. It would be funny if it weren't so true. The world just got a little dumber because news has hit that the Naked Cowboy will now play host to his very own reality show, modeled, he says, after American Idol, but pitting various street performers against each other. Yeah.
At one point, professional wrestlers Hulk Hogan and Jesse "The Body" Ventura were on top of the world. Hogan was arguably the face of America in the 1980s, and the star of numerous films that hilariously pointed out how muscular he was. While Ventura's film career was not quite as impressive, he did manage to parlay his frequent appearances in Arnold Schwarzenegger movies into a public seat, acting as governor of the great state of Minnesota from 1999-2003, much to the dismay of Garrison Keillor. But now, with their careers on the decline, they have fallen into the quicksand trap from which there is no escape: reality television.