A week ago, the web was abuzz with the far-fetched rumor that Jennifer Aniston was considering her own reality show. Sadly for Aniston fans, the story turned out to be false. "While I'm a huge fan of hers, it is news to me that we are working together,” Tony DiSanto, the alleged reality producer, told GossipCop.com, adding that he'd be "happy to meet [her], though."
But despite the minor issue that the story wasn't true, it generated lots of reactions around the web -- ranging in tone from "that's preposterous!" to "bad idea" to "good for her!" Of course it did, because Aniston is still a source of fascination, even adoration, for lots and lots of people. It's been a half a dozen years since her Friends character, Rachel, gave her last hugs to her fictional besties at the Central Perk coffee shop. But people still want to know: What's she really like?
The fact is, actresses like Aniston don't do fly-on-the-wall-type reality shows. Actress like Lisa Rinna do. Agreeing to constant filming, catching every potential bad mood or trip or verbal slip-up, is an act of supreme acquiescence, if not desperation. It's admitting that you are so intent on getting on TV that you'll give viewers more than just your work; you'll give them you. Would Rinna do a reality show if she was approached to star in a sitcom? Surely not. The best TV work that Rinna was able to get was the intrusive kind.
Granted, there are exceptions. Sometimes a person's frank, day-to-day take on life turns out to be their greatest professional talent. Tori Spelling has managed to be a more compelling character as herself than she ever was as her famous TV character. Jessica Simpson's dopey, real-life observations endeared her to the masses, and raised her profile much higher than it had been as a dime-a-dozen pop singer. Someone like Sarah Palin, of course, must factor her political calculations into every move, and her reality show is no exception.
I have to admit, though, that I would enthusiastically tune in to a reality show starring Aniston -- or any of the top-tier celebrities who seem to breathe rarified air despite living in smoggy L.A. Why? Because despite all of their (justified) complaints about made-up tabloid stories and paparazzi following them around, the biggest stars remain a mystery.
Sure, when the lives of C-listers are revealed to be boring, even tawdry, it's not that surprising. "Stars are just like us!" the supermarket rags love to proclaim, and it's easy to believe this about Mel B or Ozzy Osbourne or Fantasia or Kirstie Alley or Flavor Flav. But it's tougher to imagine Aniston, say, making Kraft macaroni and cheese, or whining like a child. Surely she wouldn't do that! In her case, would viewers see a different type of reality show -- one where the subjects never misspeak, never get bed head and never make us roll our eyes?
Is that how a Jennifer Aniston reality show would be? Unfortunately, we're not likely to find out.
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