Cameron Diaz joins a parade of celebrities headed to reality television.

Cameron Diaz joins a parade of celebrities headed to reality television.
Cameron Diaz will star in a reality series for MTV titled Trippin’, which despite its title will not be footage of the actress coked up and high. Here’s how MTV’s press release describes the series: “Joined by an ever-changing group of travelers, Cameron and her crew explore some of the most exotic, environmentally unique places on the planet and seek to discover ways to preserve them.” Those people include “Drew Barrymore, DMX, Rebecca Romijn, Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus, Eva Mendez, Farnsworth Bentley, pro-BMX biker Mat Hoffman, Redman, Kid Rock, Jessica Alba and Kelly Slater.” The show debuts March 28 at 10:30 p.m., but it hasn’t been an easy road to the air. Defamer operative reports “there have been nothing but nightmare problems on the show, from no story to no point! But MTV is big on having “celebrity” shows right now that they desperately wanted to work something out with Justin Timberlake’s girlfriend, who by the way is a fantastic asshole. So, it’s the only show in MTV history that’s been in production for, like, ever. And with the insane amount of cash they are paying editors right now, it’s all going to rely on the poor guy who’s gonna have to sift through all the footage and make chicken soup out of chicken shit. I wish I was a celebrity so I could pitch dumb ass ideas and get deals.”

Defamer’s operative might need to reach for the Xanax, though, as there are dozens of other “dumb ass ideas” and “deals” involving celebrities coming to our TVs soon. The New York Daily News recently rounded up most of them. They include the return of shows such as The Osbournes and The Ashlee Simpson Trainwreck, plus new entries: TV Land’s “Chasing Farrah” (Wednesday); E!’s The Entertainer starring Wayne Newton (Jan. 23), E!’s The Gastineau Girls (Feb. 1), with “the ex-wife of troubled former Jets star Mark Gastineau” (I have no idea who she is, either); MTV’s Meet the Barkers with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and his wife; Tommy Lee’s back-to-college NBC series; VH1’s Kept With Jerry Hall, on which Jerry Hall searches for a mate; and Bravo’s Being Bobby Brown.
+ plus: MTV’s Brian Graden: “You don’t compare ‘The Cosby Show’ with ‘My Wife & Kids.’ It’s a format, but it’s about people, and as long as there are interesting people and each has its own dynamic, we’ll keep doing (these types of shows).”

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.