Keep Your “Confessions” To Yourself

This just in…VH1 is paying has-beens major money to create and produce more lame and overdone reality TV. Former TV icon Scott Baio and former child star Jason Hervey have created “Confessions of a Teen Idol,” which will give “heartthrobs” from the ’80s and ’90s another chance at fame. The show, which premieres this Sunday, Jan. 4, will function as a support group for the all male cast comprised of Christopher Atkins (“The Blue Lagoon”), David Chokachi (“Baywatch”), Billy Hufsey (“Fame”), Jeremy Jackson (“Baywatch”), Eric Nies (“The Real World” and “The Grind”), Jamie Walters (“Beverly Hills 90210″), and Adrian Zmed (“TJ Hooker,” “Grease 2″). According to VH1, each hour-long episode will provide a “rare, never-before-seen look at fame and its consequences as the guys live together.” However, there really isn’t anything rare about this show. Not that I ever really cared what happened to the four out of these seven has-beens I can remember, but I’m pretty sure E! has done several “What Happened to So-and-So” roundups detailing their run-ins with fame and the consequences. In fact, VH1 has this format on a few of its shows already. Want to get svelte and make an acting or singing comeback? Please head to the “Celebrity Fit Club” compound. Want to detail your battles with addiction? Dr. Drew is waiting for you at “Celebrity Rehab.” Want to make an utter fool of yourself on television? Welcome to “The Surreal Life.”

I guess what makes this show unique is that there are no eliminations and the only prize is exposure. How VH1 will track the progress of these guys’ comebacks, I don’t know. But I guess that will allow for more seasons of “Confessions of a Teen Idol.” [New York Post]