How Low Can Reality TV Go?
How low? How about a new reality TV show starring none other than Michael Vick.
The incarcerated NFL star has talked to producers about launching an unscripted program. The proposed docu-series would follow Vick starting July 20, the day of his scheduled release from federal custody, and show him trying to "make amends for his past."
Sources said eager producers even visited the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback in prison in the hope of signing him. As a result, there's a few different parties claiming to have his rights, which is confusing the industry playing field.
Vick is serving a 23-month sentence for dogfighting conspiracy. His attorneys did not return a call for comment, though they told a judge this month at a bankruptcy hearing that Vick has agreed to a "television documentary deal" that will pay him $600,000.
That amount is only the tip of what Vick is asking for, however. He wants a high dollar figure for participation in the show, plus really needs the cash; he reportedly owes millions to creditors.
Another question is which network would be interested in a Vick reality show. Insiders place bets on A&E and Spike TV as likely first stops.
"It sure won't be Animal Planet," more than one source quipped.
What do you think about a reality show with Michael Vick? Give me a bark.