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LeAnn Rimes’ New TV Show: Bad, Bad Idea?

Eddie Cibrian & LeAnn Rimes

Michael Tran

So, yes, it’s true. LeAnn Rimes and husband Eddie Cibrian really have signed on to be the next couple opening up their life to the TV cameras. “LeAnn & Eddie” (or whatever it ends up being called) is set to air on Vh1 either later this year or in 2014.

According to a statement from Vh1, the show (it’s not exactly clear if it’s going to be scripted or pure reality) is going to be a humorous and fun look at the Cibrians, as well as a chance to show that there’s “so much more” to them than what one reads in the tabloids.

“We are really excited to be working together on a unique show that will give you a glimpse into who we really are or better yet who we’re really not,” Rimes stated.

I can’t help but be a little disappointed by her decision to undertake this, for the simple reason that I am in awe of that one thing that has been woefully overlooked in the past five years, and will likely continue to be swept under the rug further with the release of this latest project.

That’s Rimes’s immense musical talent, of course.

The singer — yes, she’s a singer, everyone, and she was one way before she was Mrs. Cibrian — recently visited the Ram Country studios and blew everyone away with her vocal ability. When I interviewed her after the stunning performance, she told me her new album Spitfire is a way to take control; tell her story in her own words. And for country purists, it’s also a damn fine record that shows she still knows her way around the genre, no matter that she’s got a California address now and tussles with Real Housewives on Twitter.

So, why, LeAnn? Why the decision to open yourself up in this way on television? I don’t want to come across as negative or critical, and obviously it is none of my business what you decide to do professionally. And, to be fair, I should probably actually see the show before passing judgement. But I just don’t see this going anywhere good.

Brandi Glanville is a reality-show star. You are a musician. You’ve just released what many critics are calling the best record of your career.

I would let that do the talking; because, really, you have the last word with Spitfire. And it’s a dialogue that none of your detractors can match.

That’s all.

What do you all think of the Cibrian’s plans to launch a TV series? I’m curious to hear. Be sure to let me know.


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