Of all the famous families who have tried their luck with reality television over the past few years—and there have been more than a few—the Eastwood is clan warrants the biggest ‘huh’? The genre, after all, continues to carry a whiff of opportunism and tawdry commercialism we don’t expect from the legendarily stoic actor and director, who has four Oscars to his name. Nonetheless, E!, home of those insufferable Kardashians, has announced its latest celebrity show, called Mrs. Eastwood & Company, which will focus on Eastwood’s wife and daughters rather than the actor himself, and is set to begin shooting in May.
In the show’s defense, the premise has a bit more heft to it than most others, which have focused almost exclusively and tediously on domestic squabbles. Eastwood’s second wife Dina, a former news anchor and sometime-actress, will be showcased working with the six-man singing group Overtone, which she discovered in South Africa three years ago and relocated to Carmel, California—where Mr. Eastwood was once mayor—in an attempt to boost their international stature. Eastwood’s daughters Francesca (from his first marriage) and Morgan will also appear on the show.
Mrs. Eastwood & Company would seem to combine two divergent strains of reality television, the Osbourne-style family docudrama and the quest for stardom in the vein of Making the Band, but it’s hard not to wonder what our culture has come to, when even Clint Eastwood needs to stoop to lending his name to a reality show on basic cable. The series will no doubt provide a boost to Overtone’s career, although if history is anything to bank on, it will not be enough to turn the group’s members into stars. Rather, the show is most likely to go down as an unseemly footnote in Eastwood’s storied career.