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Baio, Bonaduce, Stein and models with brains heading to VH1

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 21st 2007 3:01PM

VH1Do you miss Ben Stein? Of course you do. Well, the former Nixon speech writer, former host of Win Ben Stein's Money, and former guy who said "Bueller?" is returning to television as the host of America's Most Smartest Model, a series that will determine if being beautiful also means you have the cognitive ability of a lump of Play-Doh. The competition series, co-hosted by Mary Alice Stephenson, pits seven male models and seven female models against one another to determine who's the most intelligent. The winner gets $100,000.

I like this idea, though the only way it will work, I think, is to ask truly challenging questions.

Speaking of challenging questions, here's one: does anyone want to see a reality series with Scott Baio? If not, then don't watch VH1 on July 15 when Scott Baio is 45 ... and Single premieres. The series will follow Baio as he speaks with ex-girlfriends about why he's still alone. Here's a hint: maybe you shouldn't write about them.

Other new series for VH1 in 2007 and 2008 include:

  • The Salt 'n' Pepa Show, a new reality show apparently banking on the idea that anyone cares about a Salt and Pepa reunion.
  • Click!, a competition series where amateur photogs compete to become fashion photographers.
  • Free Radio, a look inside an LA radio station with a popular yet moronic host.
  • Lords of the Revolution, a documentary series about anti-establishment heroes of the '60s and '70s.
  • Old School with Terry and Gita, hosted by septuagenarians Terry Moore (wife of billionaire Howard Hughes) and Gita Hall (a former model), who talk about pop culture. This could be interesting, hearing opinions about today's happenings from a couple of ladies who have already been around the block a few times.

Finally, there's Danny Bonaduce's Child Star. In this reality series, former child star Danny Bonaduce will choose one young aspiring actor or actress and help them realize their dreams, while simultaneously making sure their parents don't completely screw them up.

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Yes, because Danny Bonaduce knows lots about how *not* to be a screwed-up former child star. Yeah.

But I'm all about Ben Stein coming back to TV -- I miss Jimmy and Ben together.


June 21 2007 at 9:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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