This Show Didn't Make My Day
Overall, this new reality show featuring the wife and family of action movie legend Clint Eastwood sucked. That said, the Eastwood clan is likable enough and the show had some highly watchable moments, so let's take a deeper look.
Clint's wife, Dina, comes across as personable and fun loving, yet with a down-to-earth quality. His and Dina's teen daughter, Morgan, seems like the typical 15-year-old of a famous actor that we can expect to see on a reality show. Morgan spends her days hanging out with friends and begging her mother for a belly button ring. Francesca, Dina's stepdaughter and Clint's college-age daughter with actress Frances Fisher, is appealing on screen.
Clint Eastwood actually does make an appearance in the show about two-thirds of the way in, but it's for about two minutes. No one can accuse it of being too controlled, though, since Clint's hair is a complete mess and not in a good way. It's like he just woke up to join his family for a meal.
We get to hear Morgan say funny things like warning Dina that removing Dina's belly button right may cause her to die from "blood loss." Well, it's safe to say Morgan's unlikely to become a doctor. We also get to see Francesca, who claims to hate children, have to change her newborn cousin's diaper. This isn't riveting TV, but it's a little different from the typical famous family stuff, at least.
That Dina Eastwood manages a band isn't too interesting as that's been done, a la Sharon Osbourne. The most interesting story in regards to the band is that one member, Eddie, is debating whether to come out publicly as gay. Well, any suspense there is automatically lost since this show is broadcast in primetime across North America. To make things worse, Francesca jokes about the event and we're supposed to think it's funny. Then Dina cries about it, so we're supposed to think that makes it okay?
The pet thing is getting old. Yes, The Osbournes had tons of small dogs and cats everywhere and Kirstie Alley's reality show had exotic animals caged out back. The Eastwoods have cages of rats that they actually kiss on the nose/mouth. Why is this supposed to be entertaining reality TV? The huge pig isn't a delight to watch either, and I want to reach for the salmonella wipes when Dina washes the turtle in her kitchen sink.
The ugliest and most stupid part of Mrs. Eastwood and Company to me, though, is Dina getting a belly button ring to try to stop daughter Morgan from getting one. It seems "No" can never be said to acting family kids on reality shows. Dina is certainly a hot lady but, really, a belly button ring on anyone over 40 is not entertaining, especially when she goes on about how much Clint will hate it. To worsen things, the Korean housekeeper goes with Dina and gets her nose pierced. "Feels like a big snot in there," she says, and I'm not going to watch this show again and you can't make me!
What are your thoughts on the premiere episode of Mrs. Eastwood and Company?