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They might be Armed, but are they really Famous?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 8th 2007 3:35PM

Armed and FamousThere are several things that bother me about the new CBS show Armed & Famous, which debuts this Wednesday at 8pm. One, it's another damn reality show. I've truly reached my breaking point with these shows, especially ones that are just gimmicks and not teaching us anything new or providing something substantial at the end.

But the main reason I'm bothered about the show is this: the ads keep saying that the show is going to feature "real celebrities" going to work as real cops. Um...since when are people like Erik Estrada and "that guy from Jackass" real celebrities? Latoya Jackson? She has a weird brother. Jack Osbourne? He's the son of a weird father. The hot blonde chick is...um, who is she again?

Why didn't they get Roger Clinton to star, or maybe Frank Stallone? They too busy? So far, the only thing I've found amusing about this is the fact that Estrada just got into an argument with a guy who called him "Emilio Estevez."

In this day and age, if a reality show wants to be really different, they should get some real famous, real celebrities. I want to see Julia Roberts eating bugs. I want to see Brad Pitt arresting people for speeding. I want to see Johnny Depp get fired from Donald Trump.

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TJ

The only problem with CBS's "hilarious" commercials for this show is that the producers sold this the concept to the Muncie Police Department as a serious look at how people become officers. Yeah, if people in the department were stupid enough to buy that pitch, they probably deserve to be embarrassed on national TV. However, why do the citizens of Muncie, who had no choice in booking the show, deserve that as well? CBS roped the city in and now has them well hog tied.

What happens after people like Ashley stop laughing next month and the people of Muncie have to deal with being a national site gag? Since Ashley obviously doesn't know the Muncie residents, does that make it OK to not care about what her laughter does to them? Does anybody here want kids to learn, thanks to police officers no less, that it's OK to make fun of somebody if you don't know who they are? If this is the best we can do to manufacture comedy, the genre is dead for sure.

January 09 2007 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michelle

Well all of the cast are celebrities to me. I mean I know who all of them are so in these days that makes you a CELEBRITY! I know that I can't wait to see what happens on the show all the promos I have seen have been hilarious!

January 09 2007 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
VSJ

Well, that's just it...Real Celebrities do not need to "Re-vitalize" their career, in shows like Dancing with the Stars and Armed & Famous, you forget that's what this about...cheap labor.

January 08 2007 at 11:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Big D

Yes they are.

January 08 2007 at 8:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TomB

Normally I wouldn't give this show a second thought. But it takes place in Muncie, Indiana: My hometown!! I can't wait! lol

January 08 2007 at 5:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Edward

Trish Stratus is the blonde, from WWE fame, Canadian too

January 08 2007 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
malren

What a stupid article. Of course a show like this isn't going to get A-list stars. That's just asinine. And yes, each cast member is famous. Look the word up if you're having trouble with it.

What was the point of this other than to crap on the show? Are you reviewing the content or just being a jerk?

January 08 2007 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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