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Bravo's Real Housewives series racks up tens of thousands of viewers each week -- just by looking into the lives of wealthy socialites -- or table-flipping Jersey girls. And if viewers find that entertaining, imagine the possibilities for future shows!
What if the wives were young, hot and seemingly promiscuous, and the husbands were "bad boy" rock stars with groupies offering up their breasts for autographs every night? E! has already ordered eight episodes of just such a reality show, called Married to Rock (premiering Sunday, Nov. 7, 10:30 p.m. ET).
Unfortunately, the show they came up with would be better titled "Married to Middle-Aged Rock" or "Married to Past-Its-Prime Rock." Only one of the four women is married to a rock star with a recognizable name; the others have hooked up with lesser-known guitarists. And all of the bands are either defunct or no longer all that relevant -- still touring on the strength of hits from a decade ago, or more.
On the other hand, the best reality shows (which means guiltiest reality-show pleasures) tend to star C-list celebrities and has-beens. So this aspect of the show could turn out to be a boon. And the women, anyway, are all young and hot. They include:
Etty Lau Farrell, who's married to Perry Farrell, the 51-year-old frontman of Jane's Addiction and Lollapalooza organizer. They have two sons.
Susan Holmes McKagan, who's married to Duff McKagan, the 46-year-old bassist formerly of Guns N' Roses (and now moonlighting in side projects like Velvet Revolver, or filling in with Jane's Addiction). They have two daughters, 13 and 10.
Josie Stevens, who's married to Steve Stevens, the 51-year-old guitarist for Billy Idol.
AJ Celi, who's dating Billy Duffy, the 49-year-old guitarist for The Cult.
Two are models; one is a dancer. Two of them have started clothing lines (presumably with their husbands' money). One has the breasts of a porn star, though that job isn't mentioned in her bio on the website.
Honestly, it would be more appealing if the show let us see behind the curtain of some currently hip rock stars' wives -- the women married to, say, Bono or Sting. But that would never happen. And as TV execs now know, neither the wives nor their spouses need to be famous. Just outrageous.
Do you think Married to Rock will be as popular as the Real Housewives series?