With the help of reality stars Jon Gosselin, Ronnie Ortiz-Margo, Omarosa, Tila Tequila, and Big Ang, AOL held a mock funeral for “fake reality television” in Times Square to promote its new organic reality series Connected.
So my first reaction to this ridiculousness was, OMG! The reality TV stars really will show up for anything! (And I was shocked professional camera chasers Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi weren’t there.) But I’ve come to appreciate that these guys don’t take themselves too seriously and are able to poke fun at the genre that made them famous. During the funeral, Jon buried an Ed Hardy t-shirt, Big Ang dumped a bottle of alcohol, and Ronnie said farewell to “GTL” and buried a dumbbell, tanning lotion, and a bottle of laundry detergent.
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Connected “chronicles the lives of five seemingly disconnected New Yorkers as they explore the concept of family in New York City. As five parallel stories unfold and eventually come together in a cohesive storyline, viewers are reminded of the universal bond that family has on individuals and on society as a whole – regardless of social status, income, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation.”
Producer Morgan Spurlock shared, “This series pulls back the curtain on the world of over-produced, fabricated reality TV, and what emerges is raw emotion and real storytelling. The characters are truly brave and aspirational in what they share with the world.” The first four episodes of Connected are available to watch now on AOL.
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