Premise: Keeping up with the Kardashians meets MTV’s Cheyenne (for any of you who actually watched that show)
We were excited to watch E!’s Pretty Wild this week after we learned that Chelsea Handler was one of the producers for the show. We love Handler, but the girls of Pretty Wild, Tess, Lexis, and Gabby are going to have to step their game up if they want to be the next generation of Kardashians and make a name for themselves on E! To be honest by the time we walked away from the TV we had already forgotten their names and were forced to wiki them for this article.
Who are these girls and what is our take on Pretty Wild… more after the break
The problem with the show is that the girls have not fully adapted to having cameras on them. Maybe they are really this dramatic in real life, but we doubt it. One of the girls even acknowledged the cameras during the last nights episode demanding that she not be taped as she looked for a lost puppy. Every good actress knows not to break the fourth wall and reality stars should learn the same thing.
There is something about Pretty Wild that is still rough around the edges and inauthentic. In the words of the Real World it’s time for them to “start getting real.” We can only hope that at one point the girls will stop noticing the cameras and turn off their acting skills. We are mildly intrigued by the show but more because of the Handler connection then the girls themselves.
Ironically the other thing about the show that we take issue with was that despite being over acted the episode was about nothing. Not a Seinfeld nothing , actually nothing. It was interesting to see the girls in this show be overdramatic when they were just encountering hurdles of everyday life. Last night’s episode, involved a photo shoot where the girls dressed up in skimpy cheerleading costumes and flirted with 49er’s Vernon Davis. The whole Davis plot line had the potential to be interesting but for some reason was not. The remainder of the episode revolved around acquiring a dog, losing the dog, freaking out about losing the dog, giving up the dog, and comparing giving up the dog to Tess being given up for adoption. Last night’s episode also involved a brief “scene” where the mother told Tess that her birth mother wanted to reach out to her. Tess had emotional issues with that relevation, which we were interested in, but that plot never really developed and we never were given closure on that during this episode. The teaser seems to suggest that the birth mother would be an issue for the next episode so we may get more of that in the future. And…that was the episode… a little underwhelming to say the least. We wish the episode had let the Tess birth mom thing play out more on camera and spent less time on the lost dog.
At the end of the day we were left with a couple of questions after watching Pretty Wild, mainly:
Who are these girls?
How are they relevant?
And why should we care?
Of course, we turned to our reliable friend google to discover the answers. Apparently, the girls only claim to fame is that Alexis was allegedly a part of the burglary ring that terrorized hollywood last year and Tess is a model who at one point posed for Playboy Cyber girl of the week. According to Tess, during her overly acted monologue during the episode, she is also a “great person” who has done “great things” for the “community” and “for the universe.” Unfortunately, Tess’ wiki page fails to acknowledge these great things so we are unable to list them.
Another thing of note, the mother is a former lingerie model who left that trade and is now managing the girls careers. Which brings us to why we compared this show to Cheyenne, a MTV show from back in the day where the mom was a “cool mom” manager who let her kids say or do whatever and had this mellow vibe. When watching the show we had an immediate flashback to that show, the moms are just a like. Giving up their entire lives and scoring a show to feature their kids talent while enduring verbal abuse from said kids and maintaining a mellow vibe. Spitting images, we think.
At the end of the day we walked away with this conclusion. The show has potential, however; the potential has not been met. Right now the girls come off as vapid and the topics being covered makes the show seem pointless to watch. We have faith that this will all change but that is just a gut feeling and nothing from the show gives us any hope. The girls are not famous, but it may be interesting to watch them acquire fame and watch them start from nothing. However, the show is going to have to pick up the pace otherwise they will be the next Cheyenne. Cheyenne who, you say. Exactly our point.