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‘Pam’: a match made in reality TV heaven



Published: Sun, August 3, 2008 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Rick Bentley

The former Playboy centerfold does have boundaries: She doesn’t let the cameras shoot her kids.

Pamela Anderson’s new reality show, “Pam: Girl on the Loose,” launches Sunday on the E! Entertainment cable channel. There’s only one question: Why the heck did it take this long?

There are few other celebrities who have risen to such spectacular heights for so little reason. Anderson is the kind of celebrity that reality television loves.

And yet it has taken this long for Anderson to finally join the ranks of Kim Kardashian, Denise Richards, Hulk Hogan and Farrah Fawcett.

Finally viewers will get to see the former Playboy centerfold as a mom. She cooks, she cleans, she does housework in outfits from the Strippers R Us gift shop.

Give Anderson credit for not allowing the cameras to photograph her children. It shows she at least has some boundaries that other reality show stars have ignored.

The series reveals that even when Anderson is soaking in a hot bath after a hard day of posing naked, she still has time to ponder the politics of animal rights.

Maybe politicians would be able to do more if they would just take a long soak.

The weirdest thing about the series is how it is shot. The footage is a blend of quick cuts, hand-written on-screen graphics and numerous scenes bleached with so much light it could be Harry Anderson in the shot.

It is as if the producers have bought into the myth that people subscribe to Playboy to read the articles.

If you have one of the most beautiful women on the planet in your TV show, make sure she can be seen in as clear a detail as possible.

Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking Anderson is a dumb blonde.

From her appearances on “Home Improvement” through “Baywatch” and to this reality show, she has shown great savvy as to how to use television to its fullest.

Anderson is not the first celebrity to reveal themselves on a reality show.

But you can bet she will use the program to promote herself and her causes, such as PETA, to the max.

X“Pam: Girl on the Loose” airs at 10 p.m. tonight on E! Entertainment.


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