Friday, January 02, 2004

Keep Paris Hilton Coming (har har) 

Metromix.com: Stretching reality's run: "Network TV executives covet tidiness and reliability. Is the new Fox reality show, 'The Simple Life'--which chronicles the adventures of Beverly Hills rich girls Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie trying to cope with life on an Arkansas farm--a sustainable series or a one-hit wonder?

'The Simple Life' is a fusion of the oldest and newest genres on television (sitcom and reality) and incorporates one of TV's most hackneyed tropes ('fish out of water'). But together, these have added up to something new and unexpected, and Fox might have one of the biggest hits of the 2003-04 season on its hands, averaging 12 million viewers in the first three episodes.

If 'The Simple Life' equation sounds simple, then think again. Fox executives are in negotiations with the stars and producers Bunim/Murray for a second season. But a huge question mark hangs over these negotiations. No one knows for certain whether a second edition would work or even whether the currently hot Paris/Nicole team would enter a deep freeze a year from now, if not sooner.

'I equate this to a big movie and sometimes you do 'Godfather' and then 'Godfather II' and it's great, and other times you do 'Speed' and then 'Speed 2' and it ain't so great,' says Mike Darnell, Fox's executive vice president of alternative series and specials and the man behind dozens of instant reality hits and misses for the network. 'But, obviously, ['Simple Life'] is a big hit, so it's incumbent on us to say, can we continue it?'

Nevertheless, assuming he and 'Simple Life' co-creator Mary-Ellis Bunim come to terms with Fox, Jonathan Murray says in a second season, 'Paris and Nicole have to be fish out of water--but in another "

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