'Flip It Forward' canceled amid anti-gay controversy: More reality TV show fails
HGTV announced Thursday it will not run "Flip It Forward," a reality show set to star David and Jason Benham, because of reports by Right Wing Watch that the brothers have a track record of taking part in anti-gay, anti-Muslim and anti-abortion activism.
"Anyone who suggests that we hate homosexuals or people of other faiths is either misinformed or lying," the Benham's said in a statement. The brothers aren't only ones to see their dreams of becoming reality stars cut short. Some of these shows were also shut down due to controversy, others were just plain boring. Here, nine reality TV shows that never quite made the cut.
"Househusbands of Hollywood"
While Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise continues to take reality TV by storm, the men's version didn't take off quite so well. "Househusbands of Hollywood," which had a three-month run on the now defunct Fox Reality Channel in 2009, followed the lives of five guys who manned the house while their wives went to work. The cast included former Major League Baseball player Billy Ashley, sometimes-actors Danny Barcla, Darryl M. Bell and Charlie Mattera, and former U.S. Marines Corps sniper Grant Reynolds. In a 2009 review, the New York Daily News acknowledged the show's intention to deal with an interesting issue-- how men deal with going against society's idea of their role-- but it also pointed out that "what TV husbands don't do as well as TV wives is spin the mundane business of life into high melodrama." No hair pulling, back-stabbing or cocktails thrown in faces? Yawn.
"All My Babies' Mamas"
Oxygen thought better of airing this series in 2013, which was set to show the life of rapper Shawty Lo, who has 11 children with 10 different women. More than 40,000 people signed a petition to keep the show off the air. "As part of our development process, we have reviewed casting and decided not to move forward with the special," Oxygen said in a statement. Yeah, good idea.
"Welcome to the Neighborhood"
ABC canceled this ill-advised series about conservative white neighbors given the chance to control who moved into a new house on the block. The "catch?" They had to choose from a black family, a Hispanic family, an Asian family, a family with gay parents, a couple covered in tattoos and piercings and a family who believed in witchcraft. Not surprisingly, both left and right wing groups had a problem with the premise.
"Knight Rider" and "Baywatch" fame couldn't help get the Hoff's reality show off the ground. The series, which documented his life with his two daughters, was nixed by A&E after just two episodes in 2010 when the second episode attracted only 505,000 viewers. The Washington Post called it a "dull and transparently desperate reality series." Ads for the show featured a hairy-chested baby running "Baywatch" style on the beach with the slogan, "Some people are born awesome." Maybe, but not everyone was born for reality TV.
"Ev and Ocho"
Former NFL wide receiver Chad "Ocho Cinco" Johnson and former "Basketball Wives" star Evelyn Lozada, his wife at the time, may have had reality TV potential. But all 11 taped episodes were scrapped in 2012 after Johnson was arrested for allegedly assaulting Lozada, leading to their divorce.
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Unlike the "Real Housewives," "Basketball Wives" and even "Sister Wives," the "NASCAR Wives" were reportedly unwilling to air their dirty laundry on TV-- or at least NASCAR Media Group was-- so the 2009 would-be series never made it to the air.
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"Liza and David"
Just like their marriage, the singer and producer's reality TV show was basically over before it began. The stars reportedly had irreconcilable differences with VH1, and the network cut the show shortly before it was scheduled to air in the fall of 2002.
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"Blonde Charity Mafia"
"Blonde" and "charity"... now there are two words you never thought you'd see come before "mafia." This Lifetime series about do-good socialites in Washington D.C. was sold to The CW, and the network seemingly lost interest before it even hit the air.
This 2003 show, about "average" American women sent to London to refine their manners in hopes of being crowned an "American princess," was not aired by NBC as planned, and only ran for two seasons on WE tv. It may have had a better chance at thriving today thanks to the Kate Middleton obsession.