July 8, 2005 -- NOTsince "I Love Lucy," and "The Adventures of Ozzie And Harriet" — two classic 1950/60's sitcoms — has there been a show like "The Princes of Malibu."
In fact, with a few exceptions — like half-naked babes in hot tubs — the concept of a real family in the entertainment business is back intact and in business.
The family in question (and there are a lot of questions here such as, "What the heck is this show?") are the Fosters. They are a wealthy-beyond-your-wildest-dreams "blended" family.
Stepdad David Foster is a bazillionaire music producer, married to Elvis' ex-girlfriend and Bruce Jenner's ex-wife, Linda Thompson.
Linda has two sons with Jenner, 23-year-old Brandon and 21-year-old Brody, who live with her and David in a 22-acre Malibu spread called "Casablanca."
And like the old "Ozzie and Harriet" shows, these two sons are so handsome they'll drive the teen girl audience out of their minds.
The premise of the show is that David is disgusted with his two stepbums who refuse to work, run up $8,000 in Nobu restaurant bills, party all night on his dime and sleep the days away. And it's all unscripted. But it's still only half-true.
The show, you see, is part reality/part sitcom, and very confusing. Even though all reality shows are mostly fake, I still had no idea what I was watching.
For example, in episode one, the parents come home from a vacation to discover a crowd of 300 scantily clad girls, drunken guys, fire-eaters, stilt-walkers and rock bands have taken over their house for a party.
David goes berserk and chases everyone out. Only thing is, it's not real. Well, the party's real, but the show's producers provided the over-the-top entertainment. Huh? Exactly.
The kids, who are presented as the ultimate deadbeats, are protected by their mother, who comes off as a boring blonde who marries well for a living.
Interesting, sure, and watching David go crazy is fun, but thing is, none of the situations are real — despite the fact that it's all unscripted. Here's a case where it would work a whole helluva lot better if it were scripted.
In real life, however, the boys are in bands and are about to break huge as "Guess?" models — and Brandon is a busy session musician.
Thompson, despite her ability to marry really well, is an award-winning lyricist whose music is featured on Celine Dion albums.
So the question remains, why in the hell would they want the world to think they are a bunch of shallow leeches living off of one beleaguered bazillionaire?
Hard to know, but hey, with sons who look like that, what difference — ratings wise — will it make anyway?
Oh, I know! None.
"The Princes of Malibu"
Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on Fox
2 1/2 stars