Michael Vick’s Reality Show to Premiere on BET in 2010

Michael Vick speaking out against dogfighting at a D.C. church (Courtesy: AJC)

Michael Vick speaking out against dogfighting at a D.C. church (Courtesy: AJC)

It’s going to be an eight-part reality show on BET and will spotlight his NFL comeback and his recurring legal problems stemming from his dog-fighting conviction. Said the L.A. Times:

The quarterback, who took his first regular-season pro snap just two weeks ago after serving 18 months in prison, is partnering with BET for a new eight-part docu-series scheduled to air early next year. The program, tentatively titled The Michael Vick Project, spotlights his controversial comeback with the Philadelphia Eagles while also examining his tumultuous past — including his troubled childhood and his 2007 arrest for running a dogfighting ring.

“I just want people to really get to know me as an individual,” Vick said last week in an interview from his home in Philadelphia. “What I want to do is change the perception of me. I am a human being. I’ve made some mistakes in the past, and I wish it had never happened. But it’s not about how you fall, but about how you pick yourself up.”

The onetime NFL star’s decision to expose his private life to a television audience follows a flurry of recent news and sports media interviews, which began with 60 Minutes in mid-August. The Vick series is a gamble for a quarterback who is eager to rehabilitate his tarnished image but also doesn’t want to incur the further wrath of animal rights protesters, many of whom argued against his reinstatement to the NFL.

Well, it certainly won’t be like Being Bobby Brown. From what I’ve seen of Vick lately, Hollywood will not be his middle name.

Naturally, PETA is upset about this, saying that someone of Vick’s notoriety shouldn’t be rewarded for his misdeeds. Um, can’t the guy make some money on the side and let people know how he is? He’s already paid for his misdeeds with a media crush and living in a cell for a year or two. I don’t like what the guy did either. It was horrible. But he’s not Manson. People should get some idea of what and who he is.

The show, however, has the support of the Humane Society, the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy, who has continued to mentor Vick in and out of jail.

Producers of the Vick series emphasized the program should be considered a docu-series — not a typical reality show like VH-1’s “The T.O. Show,” which revels in the excesses of its flamboyant star, wide receiver Terrell Owens. The tone of Vick’s show, say producers, will be serious and somber as it focuses on his personal struggles since his release, including the strains on his relationships with his fiancée, Kijafa Frink, and his children. It will also revisit the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan., where Vick spent 1 1/2 years behind bars and the Virginia property where he ran and financed a dogfighting ring.

“This show can be a blueprint for so many kids,” [Vick] said. “I want to show them that things are going to happen, that they’re not going to get through life without dealing with some kind of adversity. I want to show that if they have a fall from grace, this is how they can turn it around. We want this to be a story of hope.”

Vick owes $20 million to his creditors; he is a bankrupt. No one at the production company would comment on what kind of paycheck Vick is receiving for the reality show.

I think people should lay off and see what comes from the show, unlike the denizens of this website affiliated with USA Today, PawPrint Post.

Others, like Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, think that it’s going to be way too depressing and somber for people to stay tuned.

My prediction: Nobody will watch it.

Nobody will watch because — let’s face it — we don’t want to see “serious and somber” in our reality TV. We want to see pseudo-celebrities do silly things. We want to see the Kardashians go shopping . We want to see Kate humiliate Jon on-camera. (Though that rat deserves it.) We don’t want real reality; we want to escape our own personal too-real reality.

Whatever. It just may be a surprise.

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~ by blksista on October 8, 2009.

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