What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that LeAnn & Eddie is a reality series about a couple who famously got together when both were married to other people; they have since been a tabloid staple. The show's concentration on tabloid gossip likely will be the main objection of parents. The covers of tabloid magazines are flashed repeatedly on-screen, and the couple discusses tabloid stories and rumors at great length. In other ways, the show is rather mild, with some cursing (including a woman calling a man a "p---y" when he refuses to get a tattoo and bleeped intances of "f--k" and "s--t") and references to drinking. One of the partners in the couple is divorced from another tabloid staple, and he frequently disparages her. LeAnn and Eddie share custody of his kids, but they don't appear on this show.
What's the story?
The relationship between Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes didn't start off exactly as the couple would have liked, they admit at the beginning of reality series LEANN & EDDIE: "We were both married to other people," says Cibrian, with his trademark dimpled smirk. Since then, the couple has been a tabloid staple, with stories about their relationship and custody battles with Cibrian's ex, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'' Brandi Glanville, appearing frequently in gossip magazines and on scandal blogs. On this show, the couple hopes, viewers will see their side of the story: A couple that regrets the way they got together but who are married, in love, and trying to make a go of a family.
Is it any good?
LeAnn & Eddie's stated goal is to show the audience the real Eddie and LeAnn, which is why it comes off as kinda funny to watch them engaging in tortured antics such as red-carpet walks and sky-diving for a charitable event. This being the actual life of a couple, as well as the real job of a couple of celebrities, makes the point that celebs -- they're NOT just like us! A lunch out with their non-famous best friends winds up in an impromptu trip to a tattoo parlor; an evening out is a film opening; and there's a paparazzo behind every bush slavering to make a new tabloid magazine cover.
It all looks like a drag. Cibrian and Rimes are rich and famous but seem to worry obsessively about their careers and public perception. The show comes off strangely, as if we're not seeing the real people behind the celebrities; nor are we seeing a perfect and glamorous facade. The couple is never less than perfectly dressed and always rushing to or from some type of photo or press opportunity. There's no business like show business, they say, but it doesn't look like much fun for these particular celebs.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why VH1 would air a reality show about this couple. What is interesting about them? What makes them worthy of a reality show?
Do you listen to LeAnn Rimes' albums or watch movies or TV shows starring Eddie Cibrian? Does that make you more interested in watching this show? Why?
What are other television shows that focus on the private lives of celebrities? Which do you like? Why is the personal life of a famous person a frequent topic of reality shows?