And you thought Hollywood legends, superstars and sitcom celebrities had rotten lives. Now E!, which has shown us the potholes on the road to fame with The E! True Hollywood Stories, has come up with a sister show for the landmark documentary series. And this one is about the losers!
Boulevard of Broken Dreams will profile the stories that make great movies and novels and National Enquirer stories: The ones whose careers were cut short–by drugs, scandal, bad choices, or preferably, death. The show will be produced by the True Hollywood team, they’re bound be juicy and compelling–but here’s the strange part: while True Hollywood Story focuses on a single subject for an entire hour, Boulevard, whose material is far darker, deeper and richer, is only a half-hour long.
And we get two losers in each episode.
We’d guess that in true Hollywood fashion, they’re just rubbing it in.
The series will run Monday nights at 10:30. It debuts January 22. While E! keeps its sunny side up by promising a story or two about celebs who crawled their way back to the top, they’re teasing us with the casualties:
Sean Penn’s kid brother Chris, who turned up dead at 40 after years of drug and booze addictions;
Leif Garrett, the former teen idol who was plagued by drugs and hair loss;
TV news anchor Christine Chubbuck, who shot herself in the head on live TV;
Judging Amy actress Tara Correa-McMullen, who was shot and killed in a drive-by, gang-related shooting;
Then there are models Krissy and Niki Taylor. Krissy died from an asthma attack at 17. Then Niki was mangled in a car wreck. Wonder if they get fifteen minutes each?
(Fun fact: The E! The True Hollywood Story has run 425 episodes, and is still going strong.)