Next Monday marks the premiere of NBC’s “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!,” a reality show that will pit some of the most vile quasi-celebrities on the planet — the roster includes Heidi and Spencer Pratt, Janice Dickinson, Sanjaya from “American Idol,” and Stephen Baldwin, among others — against each other in the unforgiving environment of the Costa Rican jungle.
Will it be worth it to see people we hate in miserable conditions? Does schadenfreude make good television? It seems the pampered stars won’t be getting many frills:
The day before flying out to the jungles of Costa Rica, Stephen Baldwin – on his way to getting last minute vaccination shots – [revealed] what he and the other celebrity contestants are allowed to bring with them: Three pairs of socks and three pairs of underwear. “That’s it and that’s no joke,” the youngest Baldwin brother says. [NY Post]
I really think I could hate-watch it in small doses. I’ll be pulling for Baldwin to win. Baldwin, or yellow fever.
(By the way, Spencer is still reportedly going, even though he failed his medical exam: “Show bosses sent “The Hills” star to a Los Angeles hospital for further tests, after discovering problems with his blood.” What could it be? Acid that burns through walls? A mysterious black, tar-like substance? 100% douchewater?)