Reality television is often derided as the death knell of popular culture, but few mention the positive influence it has on the lives of the "stars" involved. Instead of letting various Americans waste away in dead-end jobs, these shows take some of our least valuable citizens and put them to work. It's a ready-made stimulus package that also gives many people in this country great amounts of joy, ironic or not.
Lakers forward Lamar Odom(notes) was famous before he married Khloe Kardashian of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and "Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami," but their nuptials -- which I think are the product of love and not a stunt cooked up by publicists, for the record -- his star has risen even more. Though basketball fans may not want to admit it, Kardashian is much more famous among the general public than Odom, and he has only become a national spokesman for companies like Taco Bell since the marriage.
Now, the lovers are about to team up for a reality show of their own. According to Ryan Seacrest of Ryan Seacrest Productions, the company will begin filming soon on "Khloe and Lamar," a new E! series about America's sweethearts. From RyanSeacrest.com (via Dave McMenamin):
When Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom said "I do" in 2009, it was front-page celebrity news throughout the world. Now, the power couple is putting their life together at the center of a new television series, when the cameras begin rolling on "Khloé & Lamar" (working title) in early 2011. In the new series, the outspoken Kardashian sister and the Los Angeles Lakers star will invite cameras into their home, where Khloé's brother Robert Kardashian has become a semi-permanent houseguest. Robert, while he won't give up his video games, is embarking on his own career in the music industry now that he is no longer living with mom Kris and step-dad Bruce Jenner.
We'll also follow Lamar both in Los Angeles and as he hits the road to fulfill his professional duties as a member of the world-famous L.A. Lakers. Born and raised in South Jamaica, Queens, New York, Odom's background is a world apart from the privileged upbringing Khloé enjoyed in Los Angeles. With all the drama and laughter that is certain to be a part of this new series, could Lamar's expressed desire to "start having children right away" come into play? If so, viewers will likely be the first to find out.
Wow, this show sounds terrific and not staged at all. I'm sure Robert Kardashian can't afford his own place and chose to live with the Odom-Kardashians because they're kind, not because producers told him he has to play the wacky houseguest role on the show. But what do I know, I'm just a silly viewer.
This report suggests that Odom will begin filming the series during the regular season, which seems like another unwanted distraction for a Lakers team already dealing with a lot of issues. Odom has been having one of his best seasons and has likely planned this show for many months, but it still seems odd to mess with success right as the regular season begins to get most serious.
Regardless, we wish Khloe and Lamar success in their new endeavor. May they reach reality TV heights previously seen only by Omarosa.