It may not be anything like making the Hall of Fame, but MLB all-time hit leader Pete Rose is getting his own reality television show. The TLC Network has green-lit five episodes about Rose and his family for broadcast later this year. The series, which reportedly has started production, will chronicle the daily activities of Rose, 71, and girlfriend Kiana Kim as they prepare for their upcoming wedding. It remains to be seen if the show will be a “hit.”
Entertainment Weekly has more info on the show:
With a working title of Pete Rose and Kiana Kim Family Project, the show will follow the 71-year-old Rose and his thirtysomething model fiancée Kiana Kim (who has posed for Playboy) through their daily lives as they try to blend their families.
Rose claims the show will be “funny, entertaining, and real,” and that the episodes reveal him to be just a “down-to-earth, nice guy.” According to Rose, “We’re just a normal family with 4,200 hits.”
With 24 years in the big leagues, Rose is the leader in hits with 4,256 to be exact. In 1989, Pete Rose was banned for life from baseball and therefore blocked from MLB Hall of Fame eligibility for betting on games. Rose still hopes for reinstatement at some point if the baseball commissioner would give him a second chance
Rose, a.k.a. “Charlie Hustle,” was a 17-time All-Star and a career .303 hitter among his other records. Over his career, he won three World Series rings, three batting titles, and one MVP award, spending most of his MLB service with the Cincinnati Reds, a team he also managed.
Rose currently lives in Las Vegas, where he apparently spends a lot of time signing baseball memorabilia there and on the road, while Kim resides in Los Angeles.
The Pete Rose news stirred up some reaction in the Twittersphere:
71 yr old Pete Rose doing reality show for TLC. Now that’s a gamble.
— Tracy Barry (@tracybarrynews) July 18, 2012
When asked about his upcoming TLC reality show, Pete Rose said he’d give 3 to 1 odds it gets cancelled after 1 season.
— Jamie Capria (@MrFornicator) July 18, 2012
Pete Rose doing a reality show for TLC. Just one more reason to keep him out of the Hall of Fame.
— Joe Flint (@JBFlint) July 18, 2012
Do you think yet another reality TV show about a wedding, even if it features Pete Rose, will be worth watching?
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