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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

TLC orders Pete Rose reality series

With a working title of Pete Rose and Kiana Kim Family Project, the show will follow the 71-year-old Rose and his thirtysomething model fiance Kiana Kim (who has posed for Playboy) through their daily lives as they try to blend their families. There are some challenges along the way. A few family members are apprehensive about the relationship. And while Rose is based in Las Vegas (where he signs baseball memorabilia) or is on the road making public appearances, Kim and her two children live in Los Angeles. “She’s got younger kids and I’ve got [four adult] kids, and we go through the same things everybody else does: taking the braces off, making sure they get their education and they go to basketball practice or acting class,” says Rose, adding: “It’s not going to be classless — like it seems like a lot of reality shows aren’t really reality, but our reality show is going to be funny, entertaining, and real.”

Who wants to bet on how long the show will last?

Mark S. is bored Posted: July 17, 2012 at 05:06 PM | 52 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gamingboy Posted: July 17, 2012 at 07:23 PM (#4185346)
Will I be watching this?
No!
Nein!
Non!
Nyet!
Ne!
Nee!
Nem!
Nei!
   2. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: July 17, 2012 at 07:44 PM (#4185364)
Repeatedly slamming testicles in car door. Pete Rose reality series. Repeatedly slamming testicles in car door. Pete Rose reality series.

Close call.
   3. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: July 17, 2012 at 07:46 PM (#4185368)
TLC is planning to air five episodes of the show later this year.


My guess is that the last three will be online only.
   4. DA Baracus Posted: July 17, 2012 at 07:52 PM (#4185379)
Who's worse, the people interested in watching this show or the people who approved making this show?
   5. Tripon Posted: July 17, 2012 at 07:53 PM (#4185380)
TLC is pretty trashy in general.
   6. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: July 17, 2012 at 07:54 PM (#4185382)
Pete is hopelessly obsessed, 71 and still trying to get a hit. (badum-bum)
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 17, 2012 at 07:56 PM (#4185386)
I suppose Pete is getting paid, perhaps handsomely, but WHY would anyone put this on the air. Not everything can be the Hallmark Hall of Fame, but geeeeeez. I blame all the folks watching the Kardashians for lowering the standards. [end of rant]
   8. Traderdave Posted: July 17, 2012 at 08:12 PM (#4185405)
Pete does have the gift of gab, there's a tiny, infinitesimal chance that it won't suck quite as hard as is feared.

   9. zonk Posted: July 17, 2012 at 08:15 PM (#4185410)
TLC is pretty trashy in general.


I'm still waiting for the word "Learning" to file a defamation suit...
   10. Mayor Blomberg Posted: July 17, 2012 at 08:34 PM (#4185432)
new job for Bill James?
   11. Guapo Posted: July 17, 2012 at 08:36 PM (#4185436)
Episode 1: Awkwardness ensues when Kiana accidentally bowls over Ray Fosse's wife.
   12. Guapo Posted: July 17, 2012 at 08:40 PM (#4185443)
Episode 2: Awkwardness ensues when Pete unsuccessfully attempts to convince Bill James that he actually did bet on baseball.
   13. Guapo Posted: July 17, 2012 at 08:41 PM (#4185448)
(see, the show practically writes itself)
   14. Ron J Posted: July 17, 2012 at 08:41 PM (#4185449)
#2 I thought that was your proposed pilot. I think I might actually watch Pete Rose repeatedly slam his testicles in the car door.
   15. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 17, 2012 at 09:28 PM (#4185532)

Episode 3: Peter Rose gets a haircut.
   16. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: July 17, 2012 at 09:47 PM (#4185560)
Episode 3: Awkwardness ensues when Pete is asked to coach the neighborhood little league team, and parents discover he's been slipping the kids greenies.
   17. AndrewJ Posted: July 17, 2012 at 09:55 PM (#4185578)
Episode 4: Pete Jr.'s discomfiting on-camera conversation with Paul Giamatti.
   18. Tripon Posted: July 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM (#4185599)
Episode 5: Pete's at the Ponies!
   19. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: July 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM (#4185618)
Episode 6: Hilarity ensues when special guest Tom Sizemore visits the Rose's, and he and Pete re-enact the hilarious mirror scene from the Marx Brothers' "Duck Soup."
   20. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 17, 2012 at 10:59 PM (#4185696)
Episode 7: Pete visits his old pal, Lenny Dykstra.
   21. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM (#4185708)
With a working title of Pete Rose and Kiana Kim Family Project

"The Amazing Disgrace"
   22. yb125 Posted: July 17, 2012 at 11:36 PM (#4185713)
I'm still waiting for the word "Learning" to file a defamation suit...


Indeed, although if they officially changed their name to TLC (like I believe KFC did).

So what true educational channels are left? Maybe one of the discovery channels? Although Animal Planet's mermaid docudrama probably excludes them.
   23. Benji Posted: July 18, 2012 at 12:20 AM (#4185732)
I have a long streak of never watching a "reality" show. This will help the streak continue.
   24. Gamingboy Posted: July 18, 2012 at 05:03 AM (#4185772)
Episode 8: Special Guest Jose Canseco arrives and asks Pete to manage his team of baseball outcasts in a game against the Yankees. Awkwardness ensues when Pete arrives at the field to find out the Yankees are actually a Over-30 MSBL team.
   25. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: July 18, 2012 at 07:07 AM (#4185778)
Episode 9: Rose meets the r.s.bb "Rose Award" guy, tells him "Look, I like me a lot too but dude, enough."

   26. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: July 18, 2012 at 08:28 AM (#4185815)
I remember in the 1990s when The Learning Channel had shows like Connections (intellectual social history show hosted by James Burke), The Practical Guide to the Universe (astronomy and cosmology), and Paleoworld (the most comprehensive paleontology series ever aired, and narrated by Ben Gazzara!).

What in the #### happened there?
   27. Bitter Mouse Posted: July 18, 2012 at 08:45 AM (#4185824)
This thread has been very good, but not I admit up to my fondest dreams and wishes when I clicked on it. I would bet me house though that this thread is better, so very much better, than the show ever could be. It is a pretty nice house, but I think it safe.
   28. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: July 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM (#4185886)
I remember in the 1990s when The Learning Channel had shows like Connections (intellectual social history show hosted by James Burke), The Practical Guide to the Universe (astronomy and cosmology), and Paleoworld (the most comprehensive paleontology series ever aired, and narrated by Ben Gazzara!).

What in the #### happened there?


It's called network decay.
   29. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM (#4185892)
I remember in the 1990s when The Learning Channel had shows like Connections (intellectual social history show hosted by James Burke), The Practical Guide to the Universe (astronomy and cosmology), and Paleoworld (the most comprehensive paleontology series ever aired, and narrated by Ben Gazzara!).

What in the #### happened there?


Remember when USA had Rhonda Sheer's big beautiful boobies instead of character-driven lawyer shows?
   30. winnipegwhip Posted: July 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM (#4185897)
Episode 10 - Pete calls Jockey shorts and offers to pose for an ad campaign like he did in the 1970's.
   31. bachslunch Posted: July 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM (#4185912)
Episode 10 - Pete calls Jockey shorts and offers to pose for an ad campaign like he did in the 1970's.

With the Moe Howard haircut Rose has, he should be endorsing mixing bowls.
   32. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: July 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM (#4185927)
Remember when USA had Rhonda Sheer's big beautiful boobies instead of character-driven lawyer shows?


I'd watch a channel that was 24 hours of bad movies being introduced by Rhonda Sheer and Gilbert Gottfried. Not the two of them together though. That would be weird.

The golden age of Rhonda Sheer and Gilbert Gottfried was when I was 13, exactly four years after baseball's golden age.
   33. hokieneer Posted: July 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM (#4185935)
So what true educational channels are left? Maybe one of the discovery channels? Although Animal Planet's mermaid docudrama probably excludes them.

No I think they are all gone, at least by the mermaid "docudrama" standards. Maybe one or more of the lower level History or Discovery channels have ~50% educational content, but educational programming is never shown in prime time hours, that's for shows about ancient aliens and pawn shops.
   34. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM (#4185943)
And Hitler. Always with the Hitler.
   35. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: July 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM (#4185944)
I have never seen an episode of Ancient Aliens but the trailers for each episode are comedy gold. I figure the show itself would mostly be depressing, however.

Last week the episode being promoted centered on the theory that aliens wiped out the dinosaurs to foster the emergence of intelligent life on Earth. The theory was demostrated by CGI spaceships shooting dinosaurs with lasers.
   36. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: July 18, 2012 at 11:02 AM (#4185960)
Can't believe no one made a joke about sliding head first.
   37. hokieneer Posted: July 18, 2012 at 11:02 AM (#4185961)
I have never seen an episode of Ancient Aliens but the trailers for each episode are comedy gold. I figure the show itself would mostly be depressing, however.

Last week the episode being promoted centered on the theory that aliens wiped out the dinosaurs to foster the emergence of intelligent life on Earth. The theory was demostrated by CGI spaceships shooting dinosaurs with lasers.


I've only seen the few episodes that are on Netflix, but it's fantastic. The level of unintentional comedy combined with the lack of self-awareness on the "experts" is beautiful.

I have to give it some credit though. I have learned about a few interesting ancient places/cultures on Earth that was previously unaware of. If nothing else the show has sent me off to Google some topics on my own.
   38. JL Posted: July 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM (#4186086)
I've only seen the few episodes that are on Netflix, but it's fantastic. The level of unintentional comedy combined with the lack of self-awareness on the "experts" is beautiful.

I have to give it some credit though. I have learned about a few interesting ancient places/cultures on Earth that was previously unaware of. If nothing else the show has sent me off to Google some topics on my own.


That show is awesome. My favorite is the editor for "Alien" magazine, or something like that. He has exactly the haircut you would expect, and I think he has been on every single episode.

The one I most recently saw alleged that the monsters from ancient mythology were the result of genetic experiments by aliens. So the Griffin was just some alien playing around. They used the corpse that washed up on Mauntauk as evidence. Great mindess programming.
   39. Gamingboy Posted: July 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM (#4186131)
First: Episode 11- Pete has an awkward encounter with Jim Grey. Punches are thrown, but are so obviously fake-for-the-camera that the police don't arrest either of them.

Ah, Network decay. Only channels I can think of nowadays that is like what the main History, Discovery, etc were back in the 90s is the Smithsonian Channel and some of the more specialized Discovery channels. Every few years the main History Channel or main Discovery channel will make some big documentary or miniseries about Gettysburg or the Moon Landing or something like that, but they are islands in seas of reality TV and/or pseudomentaries (documentaries that would normally be mockumentaries, but which clearly are being taken seriously for ratings purposes).

BTW, while we are on ratings decay, I'd like to note that Cartoon Network hasn't been all-Cartoon for years, Boomerang ceased to simply be "classic cartoons we can't fit on the Cartoon Network schedule" for a similar stretch of time, you can count the number of Science Fiction/Fantasy shows on SYFY on one hand and they continue to decrease (although they do have the Twilight Zone marathons on July 4th and New Year's, so I guess they can be forgiven... slightly), MTV obviously doesn't have videos anymore, AMC no longer is just old movies (of course, considering the high quality of AMC dramas, this is pretty good... although I still miss when they showed lots of B-Movies), G4 is basically now a slightly-nerdier SPIKE, I keep waiting for them to make ESPN Classic into something else (since they no longer show any classic games anymore, it seems) and, finally... remember when CNN Headline News was, you know, news? And not just, y'know, Nancy Grace yelling at people?
   40. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 18, 2012 at 01:01 PM (#4186141)

So, I just learned that TLC and Lifetime are two different things. I just figured Lifetime became "The Lifetime Channel" became "TLC" based on the crappy reality shows they are always showing.
   41. Good cripple hitter Posted: July 18, 2012 at 01:33 PM (#4186180)
I keep waiting for them to make ESPN Classic into something else (since they no longer show any classic games anymore, it seems)


I was going to take this opportunity to bash ESPN Classic Canada, but today they've got "Expansion Era CFL Football" on, featuring the Toronto Argonauts at the Las Vegas Posse. I would totally watch that.
   42. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: July 18, 2012 at 01:38 PM (#4186192)
I don't know what the individual channels are called, just that they are from 620-629 on my cable box but usually in there I can find something to watch. It's the Discovery/Smithsonian/Investigation?/History/NatGeo etc...group of channels. They may not always be perfect but they are usually entertaining. One of them does regular shows about people who escaped from prison for awhile that are pretty entertaining.

ESPN Classic is the best idea gone awry that I can imagine. Ugh. With so many great games that they air the crap they do is painful.

Oh, and my best friend is absolutely addicted to "Ancient Aliens." He believes 90% of what they say.
   43. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: July 18, 2012 at 01:45 PM (#4186205)
Oh, and my best friend is absolutely addicted to "Ancient Aliens." He believes 90% of what they say.


How long have you & Darren Daulton known each other?
   44. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: July 18, 2012 at 02:38 PM (#4186301)
Episode 12. It's a wacky fun fest when the ghost of Marge Schott drops in to Pete's house to discuss politics with Pete and guests Joe Morgan and Bud Selig.
   45. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 18, 2012 at 03:38 PM (#4186369)
Final Episode: Kiana Kim takes Pete to the Mayo Clinic, hoping that they can undo the effects of Pete's long-term steroid use.
   46. hokieneer Posted: July 18, 2012 at 04:21 PM (#4186416)
That show is awesome. My favorite is the editor for "Alien" magazine, or something like that. He has exactly the haircut you would expect, and I think he has been on every single episode.


Ah yes, the hair guy. He has a few fan created facebook pages titled something like "Crazy Hair Dude from Ancient Aliens" and a large meme library.
   47. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 18, 2012 at 04:24 PM (#4186421)
Episode 9: Rose meets the r.s.bb "Rose Award" guy, tells him "Look, I like me a lot too but dude, enough."


Is that guy still going? And Maynard?
   48. zonk Posted: July 18, 2012 at 04:31 PM (#4186428)
I don't know what the individual channels are called, just that they are from 620-629 on my cable box but usually in there I can find something to watch. It's the Discovery/Smithsonian/Investigation?/History/NatGeo etc...group of channels. They may not always be perfect but they are usually entertaining. One of them does regular shows about people who escaped from prison for awhile that are pretty entertaining.


Smithsonian is pretty good... I also like the Military channel -- yeah, not for any new/original programs -- but they regularly replay some of the best documentaries around... The excellent WWI 12 parter, the 'World at War' BBC documentary from about 30 years ago, 'The Revolution', etc. History International tends to be OK, too -- but it's generally for the same reason (they just replay good stuff produced years ago).
   49. Bob Tufts Posted: July 18, 2012 at 04:40 PM (#4186439)
Pete Rose converts to Judaism after watching the Family Guy episode "When you wish upon a Weinstein" in the belief that it will help his gambling....errr....money management problems.
   50. Gamingboy Posted: July 18, 2012 at 06:49 PM (#4186543)
Apparently the main problem with ESPN Classic was that, once the leagues and in some cases teams started to have their own networks. So ESPN Classic, for example, can't have on any MLB games with the exception of ones that have actually been on ESPN (I think they show the Ripken 2131 game every once and a while), while NFL Network gets first crack at NFL Films' many historical documentaries.

The fact they stopped doing original content for ESPN Classic, like Cheap Seats, Who's Number 1 and Reasons You Can't Blame, make it all the more worse.

Maybe it'd be better if they just showed all the 30 for 30 films on a constant loop.
   51. Srul Itza Posted: July 18, 2012 at 07:14 PM (#4186556)
Final Episode: Kiana Kim takes Pete to the Mayo Clinic, hoping that they can undo the effects of Pete's long-term steroid use.


Kiana Kim is not the one to criticize anyone else for being "enhanced".
   52. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 18, 2012 at 07:39 PM (#4186582)
Kiana Kim is not the one to criticize anyone else for being "enhanced".

True, but Pete's problem may be more "shriveled" than "enhanced".

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