It’s an ominous sign when no one involved is willing to talk about ratings for a new TV show.
Twitter should have been sizzling with reaction on Tuesday to TLC’s premiere of "Sin City Rules" on Sunday.
Instead of congratulatory commentary, we got crickets.
A late-in-the-day request for the ratings from Dustin Smith, TLC’s vice president of communications, drew no response.
"Is ‘Sin City Rules’ great TV? Of course not," wrote The Hollywood Reporter.
"Is it entertaining? Sure. Though the series seems to fit more readily into Bravo’s reality wheelhouse, there’s little doubt that ‘Sin City Rules’ will be a popular show for TLC."
If viewers got turned off, it probably didn’t help when Lana Fuchs, who came off as ruthless as self-advertised, declared, "I am God" and relentlessly targeted entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs.
Marklen Kennedy, a co-producer of Las Vegas-based reality show "Gigolos" sent Jacobs a sympathetic tweet: "Cruella de Vil Fuchs is still mad that house fell on her sister back in Oz."
Karina in Toronto tweeted, "the only likable women were @REALJenHarman & @AliciaJacobs. Otherwise it was girls gone wild – Cougar edition!"
There’s plenty to be nervous about. Cast members have a lot riding on the eight-episode series. If the ratings crash and the show gets canceled, no one stands to lose more than Fuchs, who had high hopes that the show would energize her Billionaire Mafia fashion company.
In her post-premiere TLC blog, she appeared to be trying to defuse the ruckus over her "God" comment.
"Yes, it is my belief that we are all God. … my ‘God’ statement is my spiritual belief!" she wrote.
NFR HONORS LAMB
Former Las Vegas sheriff Ralph Lamb was knee-deep in his element on Monday night.
A full house at Thomas & Mack Center gave the legendary lawman a warm reception when he was introduced before the fifth session of the National Final Rodeo.
Before the spotlight ceremony in front a chute, Lamb got to hang out with an old friend and fellow cowboy, Benny Reynolds, a member of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.
Reynolds, the 1961 NFR all-around champion and an NFR contestant from 1959 to 1972, has been a fixture at the rodeo as gate foreman for decades.
"He was a handful," said Lamb, who’s life has been turned into CBS’ new series, "Vegas," starring Dennis Quaid as Lamb.
One of Lamb’s favorite cowboy stories involves the time Reynolds appeared on the TV game show, "The $64,000 Question."
Reynolds was asked to name the tune, which happened to be the national anthem.
The laconic Montanan replied, "Bareback riders, get ready."
Hollywood director Steven Spielberg, touring the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on Tuesday with founder Larry Ruvo. A vegan, Spielberg dined on special dishes at the center’s Red Velvet Café. … Holly Madison, turning over a $30,000 check to Chet Buchanan and KLUC’s "Morning Zoo" on Monday, the final day of the station’s 12-day toy drive. It was a record-breaking year with 3,280 bikes, $268,000 in gift cards and cash and $1.8 million donated in the form of toys, bikes, cash and gift cards. … Grammy award-winning trio Lady Antebellum, dining at Rí Rá Irish Pub (The Shoppes at Mandalay Place) on Monday.
THE PUNCH LINE
"Mitt Romney was at the fight, and he met with Pacquiao right before they got in the ring. Now Romney and Pacquiao have something in common. Both ended up getting knocked out by Latinos." – Jay Leno
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