Nelly To Host Variety Show

nelly_lNews broke this morning that rapper Nelly (pictured), of all people, is in talks with the producers of “The Biggest Loser” to produce a new variety show called “Nelly’s Night in Vegas.” (Puh-leez: no lame jokes about the “traditional” meaning of “nelly.”) To which I say: Um, for realz, let’s just stop while we’re ahead, Nelly. And The Osbournes. And John Mayer. And just in case you ever try it again, you too, Rosie O’Donnell. I don’t know how many times a celebrity has tried to revive the tired, past-its-prime variety show as the baby boomer generation knew it — “Carol Burnett and Friends,” “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour” — but Variety’s explanation has me worried that we could be in for another Dolly-sized mess. “‘Nelly’s Night in Vegas'” is currently being pitched to networks as a weekly series that would feature Nelly performing and interacting with celebs.” Oh, no. Supposedly, the show would look like a talkshow-variety hybrid, with a sidekick and house band, as well as guests and performances. Because it will shoot in Vegas, there may also be an in-studio gaming element.” The more I read about this project, the more I don’t want to watch it.

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