Corkscrewed debuts tonight on Fox Reality

Corkscrewed: The Wrath of Grapes debuts tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on the Fox Reality Channel, and follows two of American Idol‘s producers as they throw the cash they’ve earned on Fox into a winery.

The pun in the title isn’t the end of the corniness, especially since Ryan Seacrest shows up to make a cameo. Simon Cowell does, too, as he, Seacrest, and Randy Jackson were going to invest in the winery, but dropped out.

Thus, the series focuses on producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick. And as The New York Times notes, “The only real drama in the first episode is financial, and it is difficult to sympathize with the investment ups and downs of two guys who have become rich from running a television talent show and are now driving around in a Bentley.”

By the way, although Fox Reality will soon begin offering episodes of its shows for free on iTunes, that’s not the case with this show.

Corkscrewed: The Wrath of Grapes [Fox Reality]

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