Mariah Carey to star in E! (reality-ish) show
Reality TV was the beginning of the end for Whitney Houston, but Mariah Carey appears to be blissfully unaware of, or at least undeterred by, the hazards of living in front of a camera.
The superstar will give viewers a peek into her life on a new E! show as she tours in Europe and South Africa. The eight-part docuseries also will feature the singer planning her wedding to billionaire James Packer. (It’s rumored to be a Caribbean celebration, though no date has been set for the spring affair.)
But wait, don’t use the R-word to describe this show, Carey says.
“I refuse to call it a reality show,” she told the New York Times, saying it’s not about “here I am getting my nails done” but about showing who she is as a person.
“I thought it would be a good opportunity to kind of, like, show my personality and who I am, even though I feel like my real fans have an idea of who I am,” she said. “A lot of people have misperceptions about this and that.”
The network is pretty pumped about scoring such a huge name.
“We haven’t seen a star of her level and her history” appear on TV like this, said Jeff Olde, E!’s executive vice president for program development, obviously forgetting all about Being Bobby Brown.
There are some aspects of Carey’s life that won’t be featured on the show, as the hitmaker has a say in what can not be filmed or broadcast. First of all, don’t expect to see her 4-year-old twins.
“I don’t want to do anything that’s exploitative,” she said. “They haven’t been filmed at all yet. There might be a couple of moments, but it’s not about making them the stars of the show. They’re too young to make that decision.”
You won’t see much of Packer, either.
“He’s a legit businessman,’’ Carey said of her fiance. “It’s not really his thing to be, like, traipsing all over Europe and hanging out with all my crew and dancers and singers.”
It’s TBD whether Carey will participate in another season after this one wraps.
“I don’t know,” she said. “We’ll see how long I can tolerate being around cameras that much.”
The show is set to air later this year, possibly by late summer.