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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality show features five rock musicians who are loud, aggressive, and rude. They're shown drinking, going to strip clubs, shooting guns, and sexually harassing women. There is very little redeeming material to accompany these bad behaviors.
What's the story?
In its reality show SUPERGROUP, VH1 brings together rock legend Ted Nugent, glam-rocker Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard), and Jason Bonham (son of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham). The goal: to create one hit song and perform it live in Las Vegas in just 12 days.
Is it any good?
Reality television lives on. And so does heavy metal -- or that's what VH1 would have us believe. VH1 has brought together a handful of washed-up rock musicians to create a SuperGroup For nearly two weeks they live together in an outrageously decorated mansion replete with stone sculptures of naked maidens on horseback. Whether or not they're successful is really beside the point. The excitement is supposed to come from watching the egos clash and the wild rock star antics ensue. Nugent and Bach hit it off right away -- though their loud, maniacal personalities are sure to clash eventually. The other three fade into the background, though Seinfeld (who runs a porn film production company with his wife) gets some action writing lyrics and being straddled by topless women at a strip club.
As exciting as all of this might sound, it's actually pretty dull. SuperGroup would like viewers to think that Sebastian Bach is a contemporary star of some relevance. And that we might enjoy watching these folks perform dumb, stereotypical behavior that belongs back in the '80s -- drinking, going to strip clubs, shooting guns, autographing breasts, and being generally obnoxious -- all while writing bad, loud songs. Parents who remember the heavy metal days fondly may enjoy a few moments here and there, but probably only as a way to laugh at themselves (although watching Sebastian Bach go jogging in spandex shorts is pretty funny, too). And teens will probably have no idea who these folks are.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the concept of the rock star. What is appealing about someone who plays outside the rules while making music? What kind of lifestyle do teens imagine they would lead as rock stars? Is living the life of a musician as easy as it sounds? What's the difference between being a rebel and being a jerk?