Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Finest Moment in the History of American Reality TV

As we all prepare for next week's discussion of reality television, I thought it might be helpful to offer a little reality TV amuse bouche, if you will. The following clip is from the criminally short-lived show Pretty Wild which aired on E! for one season in 2010. Although it was intended to be a Kardashian clone, the show took on a different dimension when one of its cast members, Alexis Neiers, was arrested for her involvement in the now infamous Bling Ring. She would later serve as the inspiration for the Emma Watson character in the Sofia Coppola film of the same name.

The clip below finds Alexis and her family reading the Vanity Fair article (that would serve as the basis for the Coppola film) for the first time. Enjoy!

(If there are any problems with the embedded video, here's a link to the clip: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x10pkt3_alexis-neiers-phone-call-full-scene_fun)


  1. I remember this show! It was so bizarre.The fact that they were all pretty young at the time was equally disturbing. But it was so addictive and I'm sad it only lasted a season. Alexis Neiers in now happily married (I think her older sister is as well?) and I think she also has a kid. So I guess she got her life together? Maybe?

  2. I have never heard of this show, however, this one clip says so much. The context is that she committed a crime, yet, the portrayal of innocence through some snot-filled prayer is hard to watch. Not to mention how she pushes/controls those around her. She is toxic. No wonder she received a show from E!.

  3. .. By the way, the rerecording is HILARIOUS!.. Thank you for sharing.