Everytime I think I’m going to be writing a lot and keep up with this thing, life intervenes and I can’t believe how quickly the time passes by. I have started the newest new job and while it doesn’t take up a lot of my time, I still haven’t quit all of the other jobs and I’m having to get up earlier in the morning for this one. So I’m pooped! I hope it all adjusts and I adjust soon.
But with my friend Wes Hayden on the TV show The Bachelorette, I was thinking about the phenonmenon of reality TV.Â Remember the time when if you knew anyone that had really been on TV, you thought you knew a star? I can count now a bunch of folks that I’ve seen on TV now (beyond the random parade news story interview or friends that were newscasters):
1. WES HAYDEN on The Bachelorette.Â This one took my by surprise, I had no idea he was going to do this show. Wes is a Texas musician I’ve known for years now because of the radio station. I last visited with him at Hill’s last summer about his latest album. He is really playing a featured role on the Bachelorette at this point, and I have no idea if he “gets the girl.” I think he can actually do better. She is Canadian. I think he’d be better off with a nice Texas girl that doesn’t think “country” music is Martina McBride.
2.Â KRAMER on Wife Swap. My astrologer friend Kramer was on Wife Swap just a few weeks ago. He was not a “swapper” or “swappee,” but was on an episode with a family West Texas where he came in to give the rancher husband a reading at the request of the hippie woman from North Carolina. Short appearance, but an appearance nonetheless and he came off looking very good, not weird (like the hippie woman) at all.
3.Â NATALIE WOOD on that Dallas Cowboys cheerleader show that was on CMT.Â Natalie and I met at Asleep at the Wheel shows and struck up a friendship. Strikingly beautiful, I was not surprised that she went out for the Cowboys team. She became a cheerleader and was on this show two seasons. I think the second season she actually got cut, but she is having a baby (had by now?). I was not a fan of how they treated the women on that show, but then again, those women signed up for it!
4. WILL on American Idol. Now my mind is blanking and I can’t think of Will’s last name. Will is my friend Anne Hudson’s baby brother and he was just 16 on American Idol a few years back. He was eliminated before the Top 12, but I think he did make the group that went out on tour. I’m sure it was better in the long run for him to not become the Idol at that age and at that point. He is still pursuing his singing career.
5. WILL BIGHAM on that ScreenTest show (was that what it was called) where they had filmmakers isolated and they were making movies every single week. The whole show was kind of cheesy and it only was on that one season. But Will is the son of family friends of mine. I know his Dad and Mom and his grandparents and have known them my whole life.Â Will actually WON the whole thing and is now working for the Spielberg people at Dreamworks. The whole writer’s strike came along just after he won, so that seemed to delay things. I need to check up and see how his career is going.
I know when I was thinking of this I had a few more friends and acquaintances that were on reality shows, so there will have to be a Part II to this one.