Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Last night’s premiering “Man Band” (chronicling the attempted comeback of four has-been former boy banders) again features once young men who experienced the blast of sudden fame. For them, and for Baio, Haim and Feldman, they’ve reached their pinnacle and are desperate to crawl at least half-way up.

These shows, at their very best, are a testament to why parents need to consider very, very carefully if they truly want their children in showbiz. You don’t even need these shows, you just need to tune into the latest pathetic exploits of Britney Spears or Lindsey Lohan.

Frankly, these series make us feel quite vindicated that we never allowed HRH, despite the many times he was scouted and actually accepted by a top modeling agency, to pursue show business. (It helps some that HRH has no interest in any kind of performing arts. We tease he doesn’t take direction well enough, anyway)

Feldman’s (extremely young and former fan) wife is Nicole Richie thin, but with voluminous breasts. The first episode features a photo hoot for Maxim or Stuff (one of those men’s magazines)

None of these “men” are interesting in an of themselves, but scripted narration, a pointed soundtrack, and careful editing have put something together that is almost watchable. But not quite. There may be a repeat of “Frasier” on.

Check local listings: "Mission Man Band" and "Scott Baio is 45...and Single" air, nearly everyday on VH1. "The Two Coreys" airs on A&E and the most excellent and highly recommended "Kathy Griffin My Life on the D-List" is on Bravo.