The Two Coreys: Reunited (series premiere)
(S01E01) It's finally arrived: the reality series absolutely no one was asking for.
I'm not interested in snarking at the likes of Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. They each had success a lot of folks only dream about, and Feldman was involved in some of my favorite movies growing up, most notably Stand By Me and The Goonies. The movies in which they appeared together, such as Lost Boys and License to Drive, were "just okay" by my standards (and, being about twelve years old at the time, my standards didn't mean much).
I didn't watch A&E's The Two Coreys hoping for some disaster of a TV show, or to feed some misplaced animosity towards a couple of once-famous fellas who are no longer in the limelight. I just wanted to see if these two guys could carry a "reality" series and hold my interest.
I put "reality" in quotes, because the series is clearly scripted, and I'm going to assume we're supposed to know that because it's nicer than assuming the people behind the show think we're idiots. The basic plot is lifted from The Odd Couple: Feldman is the clean, non-smoking vegetarian; Haim is the unemployed, skirt-chasing layabout who drives Feldman and his wife, Susie, insane.
The first episode focuses on the Feldman's vegetarianism and interest in animal rights. Haim complains that the meat-free tacos and sandwiches taste like sawdust, and orders a meat-laden pizza when a representative from PETA stops by. If that's not enough, he also hits on her and tries to get her into the jacuzzi.
Try to imagine a show like this taking place in 1988 when the Coreys were young and at the top of their game. Back then, before reality series saturated the TV landscape, I think folks would have loved to see these two living together and getting on each other's nerves. The Two Coreys isn't bad, per se, it's just unnecessary, and about two decades past the point of anyone giving a crap.