Tori and Dean, annoyingly likableWell, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott do it. Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna are going to do it. Celebrity uber couple Heidi and Seal will do it, too. They're married celebrity couples who've taken their twosomes to TV in reality shows. But jeebers -- is this asking for trouble? After all, Jon and Kate imploded before our very eyes (though they weren't celebs to begin with and had no idea how to manage the media when they started).
What I want to know is: What does it do to a relationship to allow a television audience in on their day-to-day?
According to relationship expert Dr. Gilda Carle, couples counselors do sometimes videotape sessions so that troubled twosomes can see themselves with a more objective eye. "They don't get the benefit of careful editing, so sometimes it's a welcome blast of reality," she says.
Of course, if there's one thing we know about reality shows, it's that there's not really a lot of reality going on. Situations are edited, time lines are adjusted to create drama where there may be none, and like I said, these are celebrities who know how to manage their images in the first place. They aren't going to put themselves on the line if there's trouble in paradise ... are they?
Not to mention, with fan comments like HEY TORI AND DEAN i LOVE YOUR SHOW AND YOU GUYS UR KIDS ARE BEAUTIFUL. i ALSO LOVRE UR PERSONALITY. i WATCH ALL OFUR SHOWS -- oy vey, my eyes -- I don't think this attention is what anyone is looking for.
Bottom line: I'm so superstitious I won't say the name I've almost-certainly chosen for my unborn baby aloud. So it seems like the height of hubris and inviting trouble to go public like this. The only earlier example I can think of is I Love Lucy -- Lucille Ball came up with the idea of doing a sitcom with her real-life hubby to keep him off the road (and keep it in his pants, reportedly). In the end, they split, but who's to say the show didn't keep them together longer?
So what do you think? Is doing a reality show a relationship tip -- or a relationship slip? Tell us in the comments!
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