If you thought MTV had hit rock bottom, you were wrong. Sure, their phalanx of dating shows over the past few years have been an embarrassing reminder of just how low and shameless the once proud and edgy network has become. But, it wasn't until today that MTV officially scraped the bottom of the barrel. It has careened into the abyss, tossing off any semblance of self-respect and embracing the potential commercial merits of pure, unadulterated evil. If you haven't guessed already, MTV has ordered ten episodes of a Paris Hilton
reality series, tentatively titled Paris Hilton's My New BFF
. On the show, wannabe sycophants will compete in a series of competitions in order to become Paris Hilton's new best friend forever.
I am instantly reminded of the South Park
episode whose title I am not allowed to write in this space. It starred Paris Hilton and one of the recurring gags was that Paris always needed new pets because, after enduring Paris for long stretches of time, the pets would inevitably kill themselves. I can't imagine who out there in the world would actively want to be Paris Hilton's friend, so much so that they would demean themselves by competing in contrived competitions on reality TV to do so. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of this series is that Paris Hilton co-created it and will serve as the show's executive producer. Is Paris Hilton actually desperate for a new friend?
So, the winner of this ridiculous series gets what? To follow Paris around while she acts all Paris-y? Will they be on the Hilton payroll? Having to hang out with Paris sounds like a punishment to me, not the ultimate prize on a big reality show. But, whatever. I've lost faith in mankind, not because MTV is producing this series, but because I'm sure it will be very popular and probably go on for three or four seasons.
I didn't think there'd be a TV series I'd be able to hate more than FOX's The Moment of Truth
, but I was wrong. Congratulations MTV and Paris Hilton, you've accomplished the impossible.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
Source: TV Guide
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