Remember Ted Williams? The homeless man whose Golden Voice earned him a ticket first to the Willy Wonka world of Internet celebrity (and then “real-world” celebrity)? We followed him breathlessly for a whole week, from his first steps into Mac ’n’ Cheese voiceovers, to the house and job offer from the Cavs, and then waved goodbye tearfully through his downfall into police altercation, and entry into rehab.
Well, he’s back. And this time with a reality show.
According to TMZ, the show will be called Second Chances at Life (for obvious reasons).
The show will be shot in three different locations: Brooklyn (his hometown), Ohio (where he was homeless), and Los Angeles … where he’s been hanging out at expensive restaurants.
The show producers have even started planning a second season, set to feature other people who “deserve a second chance.” Great, right? Headline: “Nice Guy With Nice Voice Gets TV Show.” Given the rest of the TV drivel out there, this isn’t so bad by comparison. Right?
So why am I so sad?
As a journalist, I’m often told that we don’t report enough good news. Being able to help break the Ted Williams story was a welcome relief. But now that the honeymoon period’s over, this feels less like good news and more like vacuous exploitation. Even Williams himself admitted to being overwhelmed by the sudden fame, a vulnerability that’s prime stomping ground for anyone looking to take advantage. For that reason (sorry, Ted) I don’t think I’ll be watching Second Chances at Life when it airs.
How about you, readers? Will you tune in?