The Simple Life 4 debuts Sunday on E!

On Sunday at 10 p.m. ET, E! airs The Simple Life 4, which is subtitled “‘Til Death Do Us Part.” The format directly rips off Wife Swap, as Paris and Nicole will enter people’s houses to act as the wife/mother for a day as they navigate a bunch of staged, set-up situations that are supposed to make us laugh.

This is the season that FOX dropped, and if a reality show is not good enough for the network that gave us Who’s Your Daddy, it doesn’t seem to have a lot of potential.

Also good news: The first episode wasn’t available to be reviewed by some critics, which must mean that it’s so exciting that just no one can see the top-secret footage before Sunday. I’m counting the days–until E! cancels it.

The Simple Life 4 [E!]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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