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The real(ish) 'LeAnn & Eddie': Series premiere recap

Season 1 | Episode 1 | “50 Million Ways To Leave Your Lover” | Aired July 17, 2014

00_1_200_200_c1I know it seems like the world couldn’t possibly need another reality show, and that we are already at the saturation point with celebrities turning to reality TV to jump-start their careers. But VH1 is really good at taking something we didn’t really think we cared about, and making us tune in every week because we really, really do.

I hope this is the case with their newest endeavor, LeAnn & Eddie, starring tabloid regulars Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes.

While the show is not moving mountains or curing diseases, it does offer the opportunity for us to (sorta) get to  know a couple that we’ve read so much about. LeAnn and Eddie are executive producers of the show, so they have the largest share of control over what airs and what gets cut. The show is a quick 30 minutes of silliness that will make you laugh at them far more than with them. But I’m OK with that, and I think this show will find its audience in the folks who don’t mind senseless, awkward nonsense—and who have an extremely low threshold for secondhand embarrassment.

If you have been living in Siberia without an Internet connection or access to cable, let me introduce you to carargumentAmerica’s most notorious cheaters: Both Eddie and LeAnn were married to other people when they had an affair. Eddie was married to another reality darling, Brandi Glanville of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and their divorce was one of the most contentious and public splits in recent pop culture history. The notoriety of relationship is such that some people don’t even know that LeAnn is a Grammy-winning country singer or that Eddie was on CSI: Miami during its most successful run. But you will after the first few minutes of the premiere, they won’t let you forget, either.

tongueoutThe season premiere centers around introducing the couple, acknowledging the tabloid drama, and then convincing the audience that we need to get to know the “real” LeAnn and Eddie (because we don’t really know them like we think we do). Apparently, the “real” LeAnn and Eddie talk about his ex-wife quite a bit and are constantly discussing the effects of tabloid culture on their lives. There are more scenes than not of them discussing both topics at length, but this is probably a calculated move, meant to get skeptical viewers on board.

Whether they are on the red carpet at a movie premiere, getting a tattoo or just having lunch with friends, the talk always turns to paparazzi. I suppose they have to get it out of the way in the first episode so we can move on from here, but I certainly hope they haven’t built a show around their mutual annoyance at the tabloids.

The scenes in which they appear together are fun, and their dynamic does speak to two people in love. I especially skydivingliked the discussions leading up to an event in which Eddie has to skydive. He is trying to convince LeAnn, and her reluctance is charming and made me laugh a little at her nervousness.

This show is light, fluffy fare, and it has little depth. But it made me laugh—the couple is cute together. That is enough to keep me interested, especially when the subject matter turns a little more serious as LeAnn pressures Eddie for a baby. I am a shameless voyeur and sometimes terribly judgmental, so this show seems like the perfect fit for viewers like me.

What did you think? Did you enjoy getting to know the “real” LeAnn and Eddie? Any predictions for the season? Look for weekly recaps right here.

LeAnn & Eddie, rated TV-14, airs Thursdays at 10:30/9:30C on VH1.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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