While he spends most of his days peddling overpriced autographs on his website and pimping his LockerDome webpage on Twitter, baseball’s all-time hits leader, Pete Rose, is still trying desperately to cling to relevance ever since he seemingly gave up his quest to be admitted into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Back in July, word surfaced that Rose’s plan to recapture his glory included a reality television show about him and his significantly younger Playboy model fiancée, Kiana Kim, and their road to marriage.
Of course TLC, the network that has brought us such educational classics as My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Abby and Brittany, My Strange Addiction, Breaking Amish, Toddlers & Tiaras and, obviously, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, picked the show up, because it had just enough train wreck flair to warrant a six-episode run. And now, there’s no turning back, because Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs. has a debut date.
Chronicling preparations for Rose and his fiancee, ex-Playboy model Kiana Kim, as they blend their families and prepare for wedded life, the six-part docu-series will launch on the cable network Monday, Jan. 14, at 10 p.m.
According to the official synopsis, the 71-year-old Rose — who has been banned from professional baseball due to his gambling — and Kim will face “challenges other families face.” The upcoming nuptials mark Rose’s third trip down the aisle, while Kim has two children from a previous relationship. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)
Challenges other families face? I suppose that means the trials and tribulations of a couple 40 years apart, as women who can only find love with men north of 70 who have always looked like pillow cases stuffed with rocks need a couple to look up to. Perhaps if Cooperstown never comes calling, there will be a place in the reality TV Hall of Fame for Rose. Somewhere between the woman who eats couch cushions and that guy who punched Snooki.