Welcome to The GBU, a weekly column coming every Monday where I look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on TV.
Reality TV has always been a home for some very odd people, but now more
than ever it seems like absolute crazy people are filling the airwaves,
and I'm not just talking about Charlie Sheen. Reality shows are all
featuring crazy stars, and those certifiably insane people are the ones
everyone's talking about.
Here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of crazy reality TV stars.The Good: Gary Busey on The Celebrity Apprentice
When I first heard that Busey was going to be on The Celebrity Apprentice
, my expectations for craziness were high, and in the premiere, he didn't disappoint. Dressed in a ratty suit, he stood in the streets of New York as the Pepperoni Profit and yelled a bunch of nonsense at the top of his lungs. If there weren't cameras on him, he'd have been indistinguishable from a homeless crazy person. Yet somehow everyone on his team thought he was a huge asset. If that's the kind of crazy he's bringing to the boardroom, I hope he makes it very far.The Bad: Phillip on Survivor: Redemption Island
Everyone knew Phillip, who loves talking about how he was a special agent, was crazy. From the first episode, he displayed insane tendencies like talking about himself in the third person and running around in saggy fuchsia briefs. Yet the tribe chose not to get rid of him, and three episodes in, he's still around and apparently Boston Rob wants to keep him around even longer. Survivor
has had its fair share of crazies (I still remember and love season 1's Greg and his coconut phone), but Phillip's brand of instability isn't entertaining, it's just annoying.The Ugly: Steven Tyler on American Idol
I haven't liked Steven Tyler as a judge on American Idol
from day one. He seems way too eager to make everything about him, singing along with the contestants during the auditions and coining promo-ready phrases like his now infamous "f*** a duck." The wild man seemed to be trying too hard to be wild, but after one week of actually judging the performances, he's even worse when he's not crazy. His comments ranged from "That was really beautiful" to "I really liked that." He provided no constructive criticism and even his praise was bland and generic. If he wants to be a real judge, he needs to learn how to point out when the singers are bad and find new and helpful ways to praise the good ones.(Images courtesy of CBS, FOX and NBC)