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Oscar-Winner Joins Reality TV Lunacy with 'Mrs. Eastwood & Company': We Ask Why

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood May 9, 2012 at 5:21PM

"Mrs. Eastwood & Company" is the reality show starring Clint Eastwood's wife Dina Eastwood, their two daughters, and the all-male vocal ensemble from South Africa that lives with them. It premieres May 20th on E! "Mrs. Eastwood & Company" is a half hour, 10 episode series. Those are there facts. Here are the questions: Why?
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Mrs. Eastwood

"Mrs. Eastwood & Company" is the reality show starring Clint Eastwood's wife Dina Eastwood, their two daughters, and the all-male vocal ensemble from South Africa who live with them.  It premieres May 20th on E!  "Mrs. Eastwood & Company" is a half hour, 10 episode series.  These are there facts.  

Here are the questions: Why? What convinced the Oscar-winner to join up with executive producer of the "Kardashian" chronicles, Jeff Jenkins?  What good will come from this?

It appears that "Mrs. Eastwood and Company" is Dina Eastwood's baby.  Clint might not be thrilled about the show, but he has limited his appearances.  According to executive producer and reality guru Jenkins, the Oscar-winning director will appear in three of the shows.

Jenkins knows how to craft a compelling reality saga.  He's the Executive VP of Bunim-Murray Productions, the company that created MTV's "Real World."  He's the man to blame for everything Kardashian on television.   As IndieWire put it, the show will be typical E! fare "with Eastwood as the gorilla in the room."

To clear the air about the Oscar winner's role in the show, Dina Eastwood broke down a typical episode in an interview with E!: “If you are tuning in because you are an Eastwood lover, you might be disappointed,” she said. “It’s about the rest of the family, the band and their music. I gotta lay it out there."

Though he might not have been all aboard, Dina says her husband gave her the thumbs up to continue. “We have a great relationship. It doesn’t involve a lot of control," she said, "He knew what he was getting when he signed up with me. The guy’s quiet, he makes movies. I worked in TV and I’m loud."

Dina and Clint have been married for 16 years, and have one daughter, Morgan, 15.  Another of Clint Eastwood's children, Francesca, 18, also stars in the show.  There will be tidbits about the director here and there, but this is the rest of the family's bag.

The most likely reason for the reality show is Dina Eastwood's band: "Overtone."  She refers to herself as their "momager" as the a cappella band of six lives with them at their family home in Carmel, California. She spoke fairly plainly to E! about Clint's agreement to showcase the band. "He just respects the fact that I could do something with this amazing band. They are my six adopted sons. Throwing these two [her stepdaughter and daughter] into the show makes it fun.”

As for Clint's statements?  In the press release he noted: "I'm really proud of my family. They are a constant source of inspiration and entertainment."  Now to see if they entertain the rest of us.

This article is related to: Clint Eastwood, Clint Eastwood, Television, Video


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.