Paris Hilton’s seductive but vacant-eyed smile first enticed viewers of The Simple Life in 2003. The show pitted two rich kids (Paris and Lionel Richie’s adopted daughter Nicole) slumming to work at a farm, Burger King, and other common places in exchange for a perennial and annoying new form of reality show fame. The show’s success skyrocketed the needle-thin divas into the gossip stratosphere, where they’ve remained ever since.
The Montreal Gazette recently reported that Oxygen Network is developing a new reality show which will cover Paris’s daily life of partying, being photographed and declaring “This is not my purse!” After seven years, Paris’ smile is still as plastic as ever, but will her exploits still interest viewers?
Paris did star in two successful reality shows after Simple Life – MTV’s Paris Hilton’s My New BFF and ITV’s Paris Hilton’s British Best Friend. The shows featured prospective toadies whimpering over Paris and pleading to be chosen as her best friend. Those shows were captivating not so much for Paris-(we all knew her moves by now), but for her co-star’s machinations. What kind of person would choose to embarrass them to become “famous” for being a temporary adjunct to another person?
By now, practically everyone on the planet has been exposed to Paris Hilton’s non-stop publicity machine. There’s Paris doing a photo shoot in a pink “trikini”, tweeting about nasty paparazzi, eluding jail time for cocaine possession, getting banned from Wynn Resorts, etc. That’s only in the past few weeks, and she has to share the pages of TMZ and RadarOnline with the “Real Housewives” and “Jersey Shore” kids. Gotta give the girl credit, she’s tenacious. After seven years as the original “celebutante”, she can still keep her name in the news. She’s managed to accomplish this without adding any viable skills to her repertoire. Paris has yet to prove that she’s a talented singer or actress. However, many critics did laud her performance as Amber Sweet in 2008’s Repo! The Genetic Opera. Paris may have been the ’00s version of Marilyn Monroe (or at least fancied herself as such), but I don’t see her following in Marilyn’s footsteps and taking classes at Lee Strasberg. Unless, of course, it’s filmed for her new reality show.