Stop Ryan Seacrest for Lindsay Lohan's sake
by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 21st 2009 6:07PM
Somebody has to stop Ryan Seacrest. Please. I mean it. He's going too far. Seacrest tweeted that he is talking with Lindsay Lohan about her own reality show. Presumably it'll be in the vein of Ryan's other reality star vehicles, Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Denise Richards: It's Complicated. Notice that I didn't say it would have the same quality as those other shows because if you've ever watched more than an episode, you know that quality is not a requirement. Manipulation, mugging and broad fake emotions are all that's necessary.
So, Lindsay Lohan, heed my warning: stop talking to Ryan Seacrest. No good will come of it.
Lindsay has already made some ill-advised career big screen decisions -- Herbie Fully Loaded, Georgia Rule -- and her TV credits are not much better. Her stint on Ugly Betty is best forgotten. But a Ryan Seacrest produced reality show just screams, "wrong move."
You know, I don't say this with malice toward Ryan. He's serviceable on American Idol, and he seems determined to be the 21st century's Dick Clark. His ambition is admirable, but Lindsay Lohan needs to be doing something that will challenge her professionally as an actress, not exploit her as a celebrity.
Ryan's tweet said he likes to help people by giving them a second shot. If that's true, Seacrest, find her a good role and then produce a TV movie starring Lindsay, something that will capitalize on her talent. That'll be a better second shot for Lohan than reality TV fodder.