Sure, ‘Harry Loves Lisa’ – But Will Viewers?

Harry Loves Lisa (TV Land)

Harry Loves Lisa (TV Land)

Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna are the latest celebrities to turn their lives into a reality show. Their show ‘Harry Loves Lisa‘ premieres on TV Land October 6th.

They are complete opposites who have improbably forged a happy marriage in Hollywood. She’s wild. He’s quiet. He used to have a serious acting career. Nobody’s really sure why she is famous. Physically, they look so much alike it’s scary.

Is this show real enough to entertaining? Or is it too plastic to warrant your time and attention?

The pilot documents the fallout that occurred when Rinna told a Fancast reporter that she tore the cover off the People magazine issue featuring post-plastic surgery Heidi Montag because she thought the image was inappropriate for her daughters. This is the first time that this website has shaped the content of reality TV, rather than merely commenting on it. “We have two girls. I don’t think it is something you want to bring in the house and say, ‘Oh, look,” Rinna told our own Nicholas White last February.

Lisa Rinna & Harry Hamlin: Reality TV Won’t Break Us

Rinna, who’s owned up to considerable plastic surgery, complains that she was unfairly spun as bashing Heidi when she was talking about being a good mother. She admits it’s the pot calling the kettle black. Rinna’s friend points out that the children are bound to see photos of Heidi somewhere, so her attempt at censorship is pointless. A no holds barred discussion between Rinna, Hamlin and their daughters about the pressure to conform to a specific physical ideal would have been fascinating. Instead Rinna spouts a few platitudes to her daughters about everyone being beautiful while driving them to school, saying, “I took the cover off that magazine because there was an image of a very young girl and she had had a lot of plastic surgery… I did a little something to my lip. A lot of people in this world think that if they have long blonde hair and big boobs and big lips they will be accepted. I’m here to tell you [that] you will be accepted for who you are.”

Hamlin attempts to regain his mojo after a bad audition by performing a stand up comedy routine. He tells a painfully unfunny story about appearing nude on stage and becoming popular among the gay community. His punchline is, “That was the last gay thing I did until ‘Dancing With The Stars.’ Oh, if only Hamlin had opened up about the 1982 movie ‘Making Love‘ that nearly destroyed his career. “ (Comcast subscribers with Cinemax can actually watch that film here.)

‘Harry Loves Lisa’ is determined to be a G-rated version of ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians,’ so the show will keep everything light and fluffy. Too bad. Both pass up opportunities to put the real in reality. But it is one to skip? You tell us.

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