‘It Girl’. If you see these two words anywhere, don’t waste your time. If it’s a magazine (‘It Girl Reveals All!’), don’t buy the magazine. If it’s a newspaper (‘It Girl Tells All!’), don’t purchase it. And if it’s a TV programme, do something more entertaining instead…like listening to country music while watching paint dry. Invariably, ‘It Girls’ cannot be defined by an actual career – so they have this blah title instead to elevate their status. Tara Palmer-Tomkinson used to be an It Girl (‘It Girl’ Tara Palmer-Tomkinson spotted on Oxford Street….’), but she has now progressed to a level where the preceding mantle is no longer required (‘Tara Palmer-Tomkinson spotted on Oxford Street….’) and like SJP (Sarah Jessica Parker), TPT is also known by an acronym. All she needs now is a man to help her obtain a couple nickname a la TomKat, Brangelina et al.
I’m talking It Girls due to Living With Kimberly Stewart. Yet another absurd Living reality TV show. Why not yawn through the promo, like I did?
And the blurb on their website is a hoot: ‘LA It girl Kimberly Stewart thinks it is time she delved into the London property market, and is keen to have a base in the capital city. But, before buying a property she is sampling the London scene by renting a London house for a few months, and rediscovering her British roots at the same time. As her career is on the up and up the fashion icon, TV personality, model and soon-to-be-singer is travelling around the world more and more, and needs two perfect flatmates to live in her new abode and also look after it whilst she is off jet-setting. Having hand-picked the potential flatmates from hundreds of applicants, the final 12 were selected…’ yada-yada-yada.
Give the publicist a medal for managing more than a sentence about an extremely vacuous socialite. I laughed until my stomach hurt when I read the bit asserting that her career is "on the up and up" – on which planet? She’s so shallow, she makes Paris Hilton look like Germaine Greer. Suffice it to say, the programme itself has no entertainment value. I can’t even file it under ‘so bad it’s good’. It’s just a Jurassic-sized pile of dinosaur doings. Why Kimberly Stewart? There are any number of equally talentless, empty-headed zelebs on this side of the Atlantic – start with yer average WAG.
However, this show does confirm one thing for me; Living is easily home to the most stoooooooopid, pointless, nonsensical reality TV shows in the UK. Don’t believe me? Dirty Cows (Tara Palmer-Tomkinson hosts as 10 city girls compete to bag ‘a hunky farmer looking for love’). Pete’s PA (what does Pete Burns need a PA for?). Jade’s PA (what did Jade Goody need a PA for?). Jade’s Salon. To The Manor Bowen (camp interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen moves his family to the jungle – yawn). Dirty Dancing: The Time of Your Life (think Simon Cowell’s Grease Is The Word, but with a focus on dancing…and lower viewing figures). I could go on, but you’d lose your will to live. Don’t get me wrong, there is some good stuff on Living – but they do showcase the worst of reality TV. And as for Ms Kimberly Stewart? As Living has kindly taken the time and trouble to remind us that her career is "on the up and up", I’ll look out for a respectable write-up. I’ll also ensure that I don’t hold my breath…
Today I am mostly lovin’ – Anyone watching The Flight Of The Conchords on BBC Four? Their songs are absolutely genious.
Today I am mostly hatin’ – Is it just me, or was Happy Birthday Bafta, on the whole, toe-curling television? There were some good bits but…oh dear.
MSN Editor Coops