Princes of Malibu’s fakeness “was meant to play funny,” producer says

The summer’s fakest “reality” series, The Princes of Malibu, has cost its stars a lot because the play-acting didn’t pay off as they’d hoped,” the LA Times reports. “Instead of being revered for their glamorous lifestyle, Brandon and Brody are stuck justifying it.” A producer claims that all of their completely staged “antics simply manifested the enormity of the real-life family battle that had raged for years.”

The fake reality show finished out its run on the Fox Reality Channel. But the series was so artificial that Linda Thompson and David Foster even waited to divorce in order to film the series. The paper says they literally “set aside their acrimonious split to appear loving on camera, even sharing a hot tub and a fireside slow dance, for the sake of their sons’ careers.”

Brant Pinvidic, a VP at GRB Productions, the company that produced the series, says, “It was meant to play funny. The show is about cause and reaction…. Make the jokes. People laugh. See how it goes.”

Confidential memo to Brant and to the show’s other producers: a show where fake jokes are played for laughs is called a sit-com.

‘Princes': royal flush [LA Times]
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