Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List debuts tonight

After years of toiling as reality TV’s den mother — on Celebrity Mole, a bit part on The Surreal Life, her short-lived MTV talk show –Kathy Griffin finally gets her own series. Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List debuts tonight on Bravo at 10 p.m. ET. She’s come a long way since Big Brother producers asked her to stay in the house for a few nights since the dolts they’d cast were too boring.

Kathy tells the Boston Herald that her husband “got really sick of the cameras. Around the end, he wanted to kill the crew.” And some friends refused to visit since a camera crew was there. But she says she’s happy with the way it came out. “I was edited completely fairly. If anything, they made me look nicer.”

The Boston Globe’s Joanna Weiss writes that the reality series “almost inevitably falls flat” because Kathy “isn’t a train-wreck like her frequent target, Anna Nicole Smith, or a freak show like Ozzy Osbourne. Her travails, as a minor-league celebrity on a quest for publicity, aren’t all that compelling.” But The Hollywood Reporter’s Barry Garron writes that “you can’t help but be astonished by the access to and candor of comedian Kathy Griffin.” He adds, “Here is a reality show without pretense or artifice but with plenty of laughs.”

The debut of the series follows the debut of her new one-hour special, “Kathy Griffin Is…Not Nicole Kidman,” during which she’ll further alienate herself from celebrities as she endears herself to us.

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List [Bravo]
On Hollywood `D-List': Kathy Griffin invites viewers into her wacky world [The Boston Herald]

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