...than this! When I heard that Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson agreed to allow the first year of their married life to be filmed for a reality TV show on MTV, I thought what a brilliant career move on both their parts, though I couldn't imagine why anyone famous would want their already media-focused lives to be further open for public consumption. Its a move that paid off...as there aren't many options available for a former member of a boy band once he's married off and the band is disbanded. As far as boy bands go, I thought 98 Degrees was the best of the bunch, but with Justin Timberlake of NSYNC stealing most of the limelight, there just isn't a whole lot of use for boy band alumni.
You had to know a show like this was waiting to happen. Nick and Jessica are the human equivalent of Ken and Barbie, and even their mansion resembles everything perfect and plastic about that perfect model of couplehood that Mattel peddles to the masses since the 1950s. Nick and Jessica are a likeable young couple and one can't help but watch at episodes in their lives that make interesting viewing. I didn't expect it to be so funny, with most of the humor coming from Jessica's bimbo moments, saying things you just can't believe a person that successful wouldn't know about (such as the much talked about "chicken or tuna", "I don't eat buffalo", and her not knowing about bears prowling for food at night or what rigor mortis is). It must be frustrating for Nick to deal with some of her "dumb blonde moments", but as she said in a game they played during a campfire: who needs intelligence when they have a body like hers?
Because this show is much funnier than I expected and I happen to like Nick and Jessica as a couple and enjoy seeing them live as normal a life as they can (despite the limos, mansion, luxury cars, exotic vacations, and invitations to exclusive parties), I find this show to be one of the better reality television shows out there. The camping episode was the best one, as you don't expect a glamourous and famous couple like theirs to "rough it" in the wilderness or go shopping on a whim at Home Depot.
I also enjoyed the episode with the bees and Jessica's birthday party. By the end of ten episodes, I found myself charmed by Jessica Simpson, for despite her ditziness, she is simply sweet, charming and seductive. I fully understand why Nick is so taken with her, and that moment for me came when she chides her husband for eating a piece of the honeycomb and laughs at him when he starts spitting. The special features were really nice, with intercut interviews of them both about the key moments in their relationship. They each also contributed a video for this dvd set, and Jessica's ("Sweetest Sin")is far superior to her husband's ("Shut Up"). She sings it in a very sultry, seductive style that's hard to beat, and the video almost borders on racy sensuality between the two of them that should be kept private.
In the end, you have to know that while they might not be as superstar a couple like Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were at one point, they do have a little bit more realism in their lives and a great sense of career moves to allow such an intrusive look into the most difficult year of anyone's marriage. It might be an indication of narcissism on their part, but I don't think so. At any rate, I do hope theirs is a marriage that will last the test of time, but that remains to be seen. Until then, we all get to be voyeurs in their marital squabbles, for whatever that's worth.