Watching rich people and their extravagant lifestyles is a staple of current reality TV — the “Real Housewives” franchise lives on for a reason — but NBC’s new reboot of the late ’80s/early ’90s staple “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” seems like it’s coming about 10 years too late.
“Lifestyles” famously featured narrator Robin Leach as he toured the homes of the incredibly wealthy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cannon will take on that role as he profiles “some of the new tech billionaires who have replaced the old guard of real estate tycoons and their new set of tastes and extravagances.”
There’s no greater voyeuristic thrill than looking at other people’s stuff, but with Instagram and other forms of social media, we already have unprecedented access inside people’s lives. There are entire tumblrs dedicated to #richkidsofinstagram and their ridiculous extravagances. Just go down a Google wormhole — you’ll waste plenty of time looking at things you can’t afford.
Even MTV’s “Cribs,” which featured celebrities showing off their tricked-out houses for more than a decade, ended in 2011 — and that had the benefit of having way less Nick Cannon.
NBC has only ordered a “Lifestyles” pilot, so there’s no guarantee it’ll actually become a series, but in a world with immediate access inside pretty much any high profile person’s life, there’s no need for a reality show about all their cool crap.
The Million Dollar Man meets Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. The following feature was something I did for the initial version of Ted DiBiase’s official home page. They’re no longer using it, so I’m now posting it as part of the Kevin Buchanan archives.