Lindsay Lohan Reality Show: Heartwarming Comeback or Ticket to the 27 Club?

Tom Rose | Jul 29, 2013

Lindsay Lohan Reality TV show

Can Lindsay Lohan stay sober? Will she revive her acting career? Is another train wreck in her future? These are some of the questions Oprah Winfrey hopes to answer by producing a Lindsay Lohan TV show on the OWN channel, focused on LiLo’s latest rehab stint and recovery. Will the third time be a charm?

Admittedly, some people don’t really care. After all, a troubled Lindsay Lohan is a hot mess. A straightened out LiLo may as well go back to Disney. As far as reality goes, the less real, the better.

But Lohan’s very life could be at stake this time. The recent death of Cory Monteith is just the latest in a long line of relapsed drug addicts (most of whom were not TV or movie stars) who weakened their bodies with hard drug use and weren’t up to their old partying ways after supposedly going straight.

Lindsay Lohan says she’s committed to getting and staying clean. She’s now mature enough (hopefully) to realize she’s one of the most eagerly sought after acting talents around. And, she has yet to conquer television. But she won’t be able to achieve her full potential as a beautiful corpse.

So, is Winfrey enabling Lohan? Details of the Oprah deal are beginning to leak. Lohan should be released from rehab in early August and, as soon as she sets foot outside, OWN cameras will be following her every move for eight weeks. The results will be revealed on an eight-episode Lindsay Lohan TV show to air in early 2014.

Also, Lohan reportedly asked for (and got) a $2 million dollar fee for an exclusive interview with Oprah, to be filmed soon after she settles in to her new digs, reportedly in New York.

Uh-oh. LiLo has had plenty of trouble in New York, some at the hands of her troubled parents, so it’s not necessarily a safer haven than being back in her old Hollywood circles. It looks like all the stars are aligning for either a heartwarming comeback, or a spectacular fall. This is not the first time such a story has been told. The only difference now is that a camera crew will always be close at hand to document the outcome. It’ll all be on TV.

Surely Oprah and her producers are aware of the legendary “27 Club,” the group of celebrities, including Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and Amy Winehouse, who passed away at the age of 27. And surely they know that Lindsay just had a birthday at which she turned… 27.

What do you think? Should Lindsay Lohan jump right back into the spotlight? Or should she take it slow? Are Oprah and her network being irresponsible by filming Lilo’s every move immediately after rehab?

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