Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Real Housewives of...NASCAR!?

Well, actually, "no," since TLC, the network which ordered eight episodes of NASCAR Wives did not follow through with the show. Why? Because the NASCAR wives cast for the show didn't offer up enough conflict, a la their counterparts on the various Real Housewives series.

The subjects of NASCAR Wives were Kelley Earnhardt, sister of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; DeLana Harvick, wife of Kevin Harvick; Angie Skinner, wife of Mike Skinner; and Shana Mayfield, wife of Jeremy Mayfield--a driver who is suing NASCAR in a dispute over his failed drug test.

In a recent article about the show which appeared in the Sports Business Journal, Robert Thompson, professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University, said, "When they're casting for these shows, they're looking for someone to do things without a script that's interesting to watch. It's a lot harder to make a hit when it's about women who don't have hissy fits."

True, but the action I've seen on Real Housewives goes way beyond "hissy fits."

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