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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Hey, Paula, Shut Up

Here's all you need to know about "Hey, Paula," Bravo's new reality series documenting Paula Abdul's life earlier this year. In the closing scene of of the 10 p.m. premiere, a sobbing Abdul says: "I'm tired of people not treating me like the gift that I am."

The seven episode series begins with Paula getting ready to attend the Grammy Awards in February. She sneaks out early to red-eye to Philadelphia to sell jewelry on QVC, and complains to her assistants that they packed the wrong clothes for her to wear on the plane. Once in Philly she worries that people might not buy the stuff on TV, and then jets back to LA.

One of the main characters is her hair stylist Daniel, who says he needs four hours to get Paula ready for the Red Carpet. We also meet her wardrobe assistant Kylie, (former) publicist Jeff (who apparently quit since the show was taped), and her four Chihauhuas (Bessie Moo, Chomps, Thumbelina and Tulip). We also see another woman, apparently her housekeeper or assistant, picking up the dog poop in Paula's backyard.

Bravo only sent out the first show for review. A second episode at 10:30 p.m. tonight includes her taping that loopy "American Idol" satellite interview. The Bravo release explains: "With just two hours of sleep, Abdul attemps to grab some shut-eye after a meeting with perfume manufacturers, but ends up losing a battle with insomnia, and continues to miss night after night of sleep. A full week of meetings later, with no ZZZs, combined with catching the flu, Abdul must get through a series of satellite interviews to promote "American Idol." And this is when she makes headlines once again."

Who cares? I found the first episode as boring as Larry King's interview with Paris Hilton. Bravo should have called this "Poor Paula." (Even if they wanted to, they probably couldn't. Abdul is one of three executive producers and obviously controls the content, and how she's portrayed.) She can't even pack a suitcase for a trip? Or get dressed by herself? And wouldn't dare clean up after her prized pups? Poor Paula.

I'd bet that a reality series about Simon Cowell, Ryan Seacrest or even Randy Jackson would be more interesting.... which is not to say they should be filmed. I wouldn't watch. I'm tired of these celebrity diaries... Aren't you?


at 6/28/2007 9:42 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sick of Reality TV in toto. It ALL sucks. I would rather watch reruns of old TV shows than another reality show, especially one where someone wants to brand themselves as a celebrity, a la Paris Hilton. I believe Americans get dumber by the minute because they continue to as a group gobble up the type of pablum that these shows are. Everyone can be a star nowadays, whether they have talent or not. Most do not.

at 6/28/2007 9:52 AM Blogger bmurdock said...

Sorry to hear you had to endure that... I guess like most of us you have to take the good with the bad on your job as well.

at 6/28/2007 11:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey kiese do you know what the ratings were for the larry king interviews with paris and the beatles. I'm wondering which night got bigger viewers.

at 6/29/2007 9:22 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ratings for Paris was a 1.9/3 while The Beatles did a 1.1/2.

at 6/29/2007 6:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Bill O on Fox News do a segment about the Larry King deal with Jane Hall and Bernie Goldberg and called it the worst interview in history...with Paris lying about ever doing drugs when they showed video and audio of Paris saying "I am smoking pot" from a pipe. I thought Bill also said Larry had his best rating in a while from her. That's sad.

I enjoyed the Beatle show even though Paul seemed distracted and I would've loved to heard more of Ringo TALKING and much more from Olivia.

For those that missed it, King's site says he is replaying that Paris show sometime Friday..maybe 8pm or something. UNREAL. I can't believe folks sat thru an HOUR of her the FIRST time though I did channel surf across it briefly...she looked xanaxed out and caked in make up. Sheesh. BORING.

Reality shows all stink and I would rather watch old reruns of Bosom Buddies or Bob Newhart on DVD from the library..which I am currently doing. My library lets me keep shows a month.

Paula is another one that does not seem all there nor do I find her interesting. Though I am sorry she has that horrible pain condition and has had for YEARS...RSD I think.

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