Actress and comedian Kathy Griffin has built her reputation and persona on being brash, opinionated and unafraid to speak her mind. Those qualities are probably exactly what drove Bravo to offer her a weekly talk show, which will debut tonight. Griffin has previously appeared on the network both in stand-up specials and on her own reality show "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," which followed her exploits as a known but not exactly super-popular celebrity trying to climb the ladder of fame.
Don't tune-in thinking that you'll hear her just telling stories about her various run-ins with celebrities, and making fun of them. She says that will be certainly part of the mix, but that she wants to focus on people of all walks of life, especially those not in showbiz. According to Kathy the show will "make fun of all people, places and things, including a lot of crazy things from my own life."
We think "Kathy" should work for both the comedian and her bosses at Bravo, and here are three reasons why.
Bravo "Gets" Her - It's clear that the network has a really good working relationship with Kathy, given how much interaction and work she's done with them. As frequently as she claims to have been banned from other shows and networks, it would seem that at least with her and Bravo and it's a functioning relationship. This means that there won't be much need for the network to stand over her shoulder, leaving her with more freedom to what she does best: talk and be outrageous.
The Show Shouldn't Ever Be Boring - Love her or hate her, there's hardly ever a mundane sentence that comes out of Kathy's mouth. There's nothing worse than a talk show that doesn't at least entertain, and with Griffin's show there could be an added element of danger. No, we don't think she'll be juggling chainsaws, but when you have someone who's unafraid to "tell it like it is," there's always that risk that they say will be controversial, which should put viewers on the edge of their seats.
Turnabouts is Fair Play? - We've already mentioned that Kathy loves to tell the world how many different shows will not have her on or back. Maybe it'll be her turn to kick someone off her show forever. Probably not, since a show in its infancy needs all the guests it can get, but if Piers Morgan can ban Madonna from his show before its first episode airs, maybe Griffin can do the same with one of her showbiz enemies.
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