Reality shows. I hate them. And yet, I watch every episode of the Amazing Race (although, I would argue that it is not quite as loathsome as most..) They have created a cottage industry for stars whose careers have faded to once again be seen. This leads to some contestants that stretch the term celebrity to ridiculous bounds.
Now, we have an NBC show (based on a huge British hit) "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here" where 10 celebrities will live in faux deprivation in the Costa Rican jungle. One of those celebrities, potentially, will be disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Now, assuming that NBC can get past the fact that Rod is not allowed to leave the State while on bond, is he really a celebrity? Would Richard Nixon have competed in Battle of the Network Stars if allowed? No. Would Bill Clinton? In a second. Was Clinton the tipping point where politicians became celebrities? Maybe it started with JFK?
In any case, Governor Blagojevich seems like an uncreative choice. I mean, throw Gary Condit or any Kennedy in there, and watch the disaster. The only real suspense here is what his hair will look like after a few days in the jungle.
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