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The Hoff is hooked

Actor and roastee David Hasselhoff arrives at the

Actor and roastee David Hasselhoff arrives at the Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010. Credit: AP

 It's happened again: The Hoff has been hooked. After two sad little episodes, A&E exercised the better part of wisdom and pulled "The Hasselhoffs."

  Actually, the better part of wisdom would have been to have never aired this in the first place, but that's another story.

  What happened? No one watched! It was down to 500,000 viewers by the second episode, and the remaining question must be: Who were those viewers? The show was not very good, of course, but maybe the  bigger issue - a silver lining issue, even - is whether this sort of star-driven reality genre has finally maxed out. I mean, after all those Kardashian series, how many brain cells do viewes have left for anything else?

  So here's to the Hoff. He seems like a good guy, but his series was not. If  you've gotten this far, here was my review from a couple weeks ago...

MY SAY There are few harder jobs in show biz than career rehab. Minds have been made up. Parodies have replaced reality. But reality TV has offered a whole second chance for those who have descended to the D-list; it is, after all, "real" and bypasses the squalid tabs. "Here's the real me, in all my glory," these shows scream out. "I'm funny, smart, human."

Most of us probably are rooting for The Hoff. He seems like a genuinely sweet guy who's been somewhat upfront about his alcohol abuse - and no one wants to see anyone descend into that black hole. But based on the show's maiden voyage, you're left to wonder if there's any there there - or whether this is just another one of those tired,
soul-depleting exercises in self-aggrandizement or self-enrichment.

BOTTOM LINE Nothing particularly interesting or revelatory. For this to work - at least for viewers - The Hoff needs to move past self-parody, or at least take himself seriously. He tries here, but the exercise still seems flimsy and hollow.




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