Be Good Johnny Weir (Sundance Channel)
Mondays 10:30pm ET/PT on the Sundance Channel (All episodes available On Demand)
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Lights, camera, axel! The eight-part Sundance Channel original documentary series, BE GOOD JOHNNY WEIR explores the life of one of America's most outspoken and colorful sports figures, three-time U.S. National Figure Skating Champion and World Medalist Johnny Weir. (Series will document Weir as he heads to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics)
If your curiosity still isn't piqued, watch GAYEST TV PROMO EVER and Johnny Weir skating to Poker Face! That should do it. :nod
THIS [TV promo] sent us scrambling to our TV. A reality TV series starring a talented, charismatic, obnoxious queen? We are so there! But a funny thing happened when we tuned in for the first episode last week. Instead of a high-glitz reality show starring a bitchy queen in ridiculous outfits, we got a sober look at an artist and an athlete trying to reconcile those two worlds while at the same time trying to come to terms with his own demons.
Don't get us wrong, there were plenty of mani-pedi scenes and NY Fashion Week scenes and trying on clothes and performing model struts in hotel hallways and all the kinds of things a little queen in his early 20s will do when there's a camera trained on him, But there were also many, many scenes showing just how excruciating the training is and how high the stakes are. And thankfully, for the neophytes like us, there are extensive explanations of what constitutes the world of competitive figure skating and who the major players are.
The first "episode" of the series is actually a hour-and-a-half documentary that made the festival rounds earlier this year. The second episode (which airs tonight) is in a more recognizable half-hour reality TV format. Either way, we think it's worth watching. He's charismatic. He's fabulous. He's talented. He's infuriating. He's hilarious. He's a bitch. Seriously, minions. What more are you looking for in your reality television?
Well, I admit to being completely obsessed with Johnny to begin. The show itself is awesome and Johnny himself, a fascinating character study. I’ve caught up to the third episode On Demand and it’s quickly becoming my crack. Has anyone else here watched the show?