Michael Vick gets a reality show, but hold the outrage

The Los Angeles Times reports that Michael Vick will star in a reality series on BET, only it really won’t be a reality series. Writes Greg Braxton:

“Producers of the Vick series emphasized the program should be considered a docu-series — not a typical reality show like VH-1’s ‘The T.O. Show,’ which revels in the excesses of its flamboyant star, wide receiver Terrell Owens. The tone of Vick’s show, say producers, will be serious and somber as it focuses on his personal struggles since his release, including the strains on his relationships with his fiancée, Kijafa Frink, and his children. It will also revisit the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan., where Vick spent 1 1/2 years behind bars and the Virginia property where he ran and financed a dogfighting ring.”

The eight-part series, Braxton reports, is scheduled to air next year and is being financed in part by MV7, Vick’s production company. And it has, you should know, already drawn the boilerplate complaint from our pals at PETA. From a spokesman: “People who abuse animals don’t deserve to be rewarded.”

But I say everyone should just hold his/her figurative horses. (”Figurative” because I don’t want PETA mad at me.) I have a prediction, and we know how good I am at predicting, don’t we?

My prediction: Nobody will watch it.

Nobody will watch because — let’s face it — we don’t want to see “serious and somber” in our reality TV. We want to see pseudo-celebrities do silly things. We want to see the Kardashians go shopping . We want to see Kate humiliate Jon on-camera. (Though that rat deserves it.) We don’t want real reality; we want to escape our own personal too-real reality.

Vick to Braxton: “What I want to do is change the perception of me. I am a human being. I’ve made some mistakes in the past, and I wish it had never happened. But it’s not about how you fall, but about how you pick yourself up.”

Not to be totally insensitive, but that sounds far too educational and perhaps even uplifting to make for what is known as Good TV. Because Good TV is fluff. Good TV is junk. Good TV is worthless.

I am, as you might have gathered, not a fan of TV in any manifestation. Except for Kate. I like Kate.

273 comments Add your comment

Bryan G.

October 8th, 2009
10:00 am

What did you like about Kate, Mark? Was that reverse-mullett haircut something you fancied?

Brenda Clayson

October 8th, 2009
10:12 am

I’ll definitely watch! But, I am a HUGE Vick fan (and not a fan of most so-called (scripted) reality TV. :)

Peachtree Pete

October 8th, 2009
10:22 am

A non-event.

Reality Check

October 8th, 2009
10:24 am

The man is a walking money bank. It must hurt “YOU” people that he has recovered from a crooked law system.

The funny thing about the dog fighting case scam is that the dog fighting case will actually make Vick bigger than before.

That has got to hurt :)

Zelinha Freeman

October 8th, 2009
10:25 am

Hey if that animal torturer is making money out of this he should donate every single penny to animals in need, if he doesn’t then he is most definitely not sincere!

Reality Check

October 8th, 2009
10:27 am

Japan has it right, dogs are just property. I wonder how much money they make from fighting their worthless pets :)

The way “YOU” people worship stupid animals and turn your noses to the poor is why “YOU” people are hated around the world.

I think I might take a trip to Japan and make a few bets, maybe I’ll find a few runaway pets over there :)

Bryan G.

October 8th, 2009
10:29 am

My computer doesn’t convert fonts to “sarcasm”, but I’m really crossing my fingers that Reality Check was writing his posts in that vein.

Jenni13

October 8th, 2009
10:30 am

The only “Reality Check” needed here is for you. What a sad, shallow life you must lead to not see the pain, suffering and devastation of Vick’s actions. To say that Vick is simply a “victim” of a “crooked law system” and dismiss the fact that he routinely killed and brutally torturted dogs just shows your intelligence level (not to mention lack of morals). He ruthlessly beat, drown, hanged and electrocuted dogs for fun. He admitted to laughing while family pets were being torn to shreds and killed in the ring. Vick deserved every single second he served behind bars. People who derive joy from torturing animals are sick and dangerous. And so are the people who defend them.

Bill from VA

October 8th, 2009
10:31 am

Other than Michael Vick fans, who the heck knows what channel BET is on anyway?

Paddy

October 8th, 2009
10:32 am

Reality check…I don’t believe there is a whole lot of money coming to MV in this docu-drama. And by the way, what scam evolved from the Mike Vick dog fighting case? Didn’t hear about that one? Since he didn’t go to prison on the dog fighting charge, where is the scam? Please elaborate.

midnite

October 8th, 2009
10:35 am

Reality Check is Bad News who has openly boasted on these forums about killing and abusing animals.

Does anybody even watch BET?

That guy Pacelle (sp?) from the Humane Society is a fake, camera whore.

Paddy

October 8th, 2009
10:36 am

Reality check…after reading your last post I must asume you are not a US citizen. I hope your visa is about to expire. Go back to your country and enjoy all the freedom they can offer!!

Jamaaliver

October 8th, 2009
10:37 am

Mike Vick has become a cautionary tale for young American youths, particularly black youths, who someday hope to make it pro. His mistakes have been aired publicly and continuously and he has paid quite a bit for his past indiscretions.

If this is indeed a documentary that honestly and openly reflects the mistakes Vick has made and trumpets the progress he’s made as a HUMAN BEING, then it sounds like a worthwhile, productive program that might actually serve some good to the next generation of would be pro athletes.

midnite

October 8th, 2009
10:38 am

Reality Check is Bad News who has openly boasted about killing and abusing animals on these forums. Vick is his role model.

Nodody watches BET anyhow.

Reality Check

October 8th, 2009
10:41 am

It always amazes me of the intelligence of this city.

People who are anti Vick continue to show up on “VICK” blogs :)

“YOU” people are very INTELLIGENT :)

Why are you posting on someone that you really don’t care about, unless you really do care :)

It’s not Vick’s fault that ole NOODLE ARM is irrevelant even by his own city’s newspaper :)

If you to any other NFL team’s city, I bet their local media doesn’t write about Vick like this city as thought they can’t survive without him to sale newspapers :)

MightyQuinn

October 8th, 2009
10:43 am

I don’t know when this will all end, but I look forward to that day.

Reality Check

October 8th, 2009
10:45 am

midnite

CORRECTION:

“YOU” people don’t watch B.E.T. (Black Entertainment Television) :)

You are right about my lack of compassion for dogs. They are worthless, smelly, worthless animals. If I had a pet lion or any other meaningful predator, you can guess their main meal would be “rover” :)

mountain_jim

October 8th, 2009
10:48 am

Your losing the page-view race with Jeff in the last 24 hours, Mark.
I don’t believe this Vick news is going to compete with Jeff’s Limbaugh tweaking for stirring up the torch and pitchfork crowds…

FirstFan

October 8th, 2009
10:49 am

Enter your comments here
Good job Reality Check I agree with you, good way to get their blood boiling.

Ashley

October 8th, 2009
10:54 am

Michael Vick doesn’t deserve to have a reality show. I think we all know this.. He should have his teeth ripped out with pliers, have a chain tightened around his neck, and then tied to a post.. defenseless.. Put him up against the most vicious there is.. and if he doesn’t win- hang him by his collar and shoot him. He deserves worse. I feel bad for his family. They have been living with a monster all this time. I’m surprised he doesn’t take his kids and fight them.

midnite

October 8th, 2009
10:55 am

Are you going to boast today about killing and abusing animals?

Amedrano

October 8th, 2009
10:56 am

Reality Check….if you had a pet lion or any other meaningful predator, you can guess their main meal would be YOU!

Justice Leaguer

October 8th, 2009
10:59 am

Mike Vick should be put to death for his crimes, so that he can no longer rape, abuse, torture, mutilate and/or murder any other living creatures.

#7 is a subhuman piece of trash and should be removed from the gene pool before it can create additional illegitimate children who are born with drug addictions.

Vick’s mother should have ended him with a wire coat hanger once she realized that monster was incubating insider her.

YOU

October 8th, 2009
11:01 am

Hey “Reality Check!”
Grow some and just spit it out. What do you mean by YOU people? Asians? Women? Whites? Native Americans?
People like YOU should probably be in prison anyways so just shut the f*ck up already.

Eric C.

October 8th, 2009
11:04 am

Ashley and Justice Leaguer, please tell us how you really feel? wow

Russ

October 8th, 2009
11:04 am

Reality Check said – “If you to any other NFL team’s city, I bet their local media doesn’t write about Vick like this city as thought they can’t survive without him to sale newspapers”

It’s amazing the sentences and grammar that can be put together with a second grade education.

Mr. Obvious

October 8th, 2009
11:04 am

This will be THE MOST WATCHED television program in Clayton County and South DeKalb…

… and in the county jails in those provinces.

Paddy

October 8th, 2009
11:09 am

Reality check….you have still not explained the Vick dog fighting scam to us!

John

October 8th, 2009
11:10 am

I think this will be a good idea because he can show everyone that he is a human being.Vick did the wrong things in his life and is moving on and some of you people that hate him need to do as well.The way some of you people acting like Vick killed hundreds of human being.All dogs are not perfect and yes many of them have killed people so let move on and stop the hating of this man.He is doing the right things and getting his life back on track.

T.C

October 8th, 2009
11:10 am

OK its official.Mark you mentioned vick at let it be known that this show will be aired on a black owned t.v station.Its official,you are a undercover racist stirring up hatred behind the keyboard.Vick is in philly, so why do you seem to be so concerned about someone you don’t like? I don’t get it,i guess vick is the ticket to AJC funding.Money is hard to come by these days so mark and crew must be headed for a pay cut.Thats probably why vick is always mentioned by AJC to make profits.Love him or hate him vick is back in the NFL making money and there’s nothing a stupid comment or oppinion can do to change it.He’s done the crime did the time you haters and race haters GET OVER IT.

hatega

October 8th, 2009
11:15 am

One of us is President.

Jude

October 8th, 2009
11:20 am

Enter your comments here
Will BET and Vick show the birth, suffering and death of Vick’s dogs by body-slamming, electrocution, hanging? Not to mention the gore of watching his dogs fight to the death.
Oh, poor Michael. Always the ‘victim.’ Michael Vick – evil on parade.

flyingmoosegal

October 8th, 2009
11:21 am

Kudos to the National Felons League for bringing this moron back to life and paying him so he can now air his lies on TV. What’s next for this putz?

Blue Fender

October 8th, 2009
11:25 am

Is seems that Reality Check was one of the ignorant masses that cheered “we won!” when OJ got off the first time. What an idiot.

Dusty

October 8th, 2009
11:27 am

A documentary on Michael Vick could be interesting. Vick has fallen to the level of a third or fourth string quarterback on a team that signed him to sell tickets and amp up media interest. His infamy is a commodity. His story is a tragedy – can Michael Vick turn his life around or will he be doomed by more poor choices. It’s human drama. Kate and 8 is like watching a car wreck – look at every one get injured in the lust for some kind of fame. Our lives aren’t so bad when compared to Kate and 8. Paris & Kim had to first sell out to porn to get the hype they needed to become celebrities. Kate, John, Paris & Kim are not trying to put their life back in order – they gladly market it to the highest bidder and we watch while laughing at them. They all got what they wanted, for good or bad. The fame Michael Vick got is not what he sought. That sets him apart. So now what?
And for Reality Drek, if only you did have a lion, a vicious hungry lion – what irony that would be – and then the pit bulls you so hate could finish you off. Reality Drek it’s obvious you are a pussy cat fancier. Nothing wrong with that.

Brenda Clayson

October 8th, 2009
11:27 am

What Vick did was wrong, but he went to prison for it already. The haters need to get over it and move on. I can’t wait to see his show. Mark – thanks for continuing to write about Vick – he will always have a special place in my heart and in the the hearts of many in the city of Atlanta.

Reality Check

October 8th, 2009
11:28 am

Ashley

Don’t you have a dog to french kiss :)

Reality Check

October 8th, 2009
11:32 am

“I Hate Vick – he is a monster”

BOO HOO HOO……….go tell Dr. Phil :)

You people hate Vick but you are supporting his blog by stating the obvious………….

“YOU” people are S-T-U-P-I-D :)

Go back to your little trailer parks and turn on your a.m. radios and listen to the clicking sounds of Vick’s growing bank account :)

doc

October 8th, 2009
11:34 am

maybe you like kate now but try living with her. save judgment on it all. maybe jon got out of prison himself.

hatega

October 8th, 2009
11:34 am

Did any networks show the birth, suffering and death of African-Americans being beaten, unjustly jailed, and hanged because some caucasian had a bad day? Not to mention the gore of caucasian families watching humans hang to the death. Oh,those poor dogs.

Reality Check

October 8th, 2009
11:35 am

YOU

Come “YOU” people know who “YOU” people are, so “YOU” are too stupid to know who “YOU” people are. “YOU” know what I mean? :)

Reality Check

October 8th, 2009
11:36 am

Russ

BOO HOO HOO :)

Go change that 5th wheel buddy before your trailer tilts over :)

What..

October 8th, 2009
11:39 am

I’m DIFIDENTLY gonna watch!!! I’m A HUGE fan of dumb stupid QB who should be at best be a runningback!

Dusty

October 8th, 2009
11:40 am

A documentary on Michael Vick could be interesting. Vick has fallen to the level of a third or fourth string quarterback on a team that signed him to sell tickets and amp up media interest. His infamy is a commodity. His story is a tragedy – can Michael Vick turn his life around or will he be doomed by more poor choices. It’s human drama. Kate and 8 is like watching a car wreck – look at every one get injured in the lust for some kind of fame. Our lives aren’t so bad when compared to Kate and 8. Paris & Kim had to first sell out to porn to get the hype they needed to become celebrities. Kate, John, Paris & Kim are not trying to put their life back in order – they gladly market it to the highest bidder and we watch while laughing at them. They all got what they wanted, for good or bad. The fame Michael Vick got is not what he sought. That sets him apart. So now what?
And for Reality Drek, if only you did have a lion, a vicious hungry lion – what irony that would be – and then the pit bulls you so hate could finish you off. Reality Drek it’s obvious you are a pussy cat fancier. Nothing wrong with that.
Oh, to “hatega” – all of what you wrote happened – it’s a stain on our history – but what the hell does it have to do with Michael Vick getting a tv show on B.E.T.? In no way is he a martyr for any just cause – nor does he claim to be. I guess the name “hatega” tells us all we need to know about you.

Reality Check

October 8th, 2009
11:41 am

Paddy

I thought you were at least smart enough to do some research, but since I mistakenly gave you the benefit of the doubt.

The Federal law didn’t go into effect until after Vick was brought up on charges by the State of Virginia and at the time it was just a misdemeanor.

Try doing some research buddy – have a nice day :)

F-105 Thunderchief

October 8th, 2009
11:41 am

I didn’t used to like Kate, but now seeing what a jackhole Jon actually is, well she was justified. Plus, she’s pretty hot. That whole eight kids thing though …

What..

October 8th, 2009
11:41 am

Wait Obama has more white in him than black so I say he’s a white guy TRYING to be president who is in way over his head.

Reality Check

October 8th, 2009
11:43 am

Jude

Worthless dogs don’t pay the rent – GET OVER IT :)

STL Falcon

October 8th, 2009
11:44 am

Mr. Bradley,

Do you enjoy being the man behind the curtain of this conversation?

This isn’t journalism.

Reality Check

October 8th, 2009
11:45 am

flyingmoosegal

BOO HOO HOO :) ……..It’s not Vick’s fault that the NFL can’t survive without him :)