Television: Coming Back Is Hard To Do

What will celebs do to regain the spotlight? A reality genre and a fake reality show ask, What won't they?

F Scott Fitzgerald told us there are no second acts in American lives. Fortunately, TV is not life. And ever since Ozzy Osbourne's and Jessica Simpson's comebacks, TV has been doling out second and third acts like Halloween candy. Eccentric Charlie's Angel Farrah Fawcett, p.r. queen Lizzie Grubman and gossip-beset Britney Spears have done reality shows. Kirstie Alley responded to being the butt--so to speak--of tabloid fat jokes on Showtime's sitcom Fat Actress. This summer scandal magnets Tommy Lee and Bobby Brown remind us who they are on NBC and Bravo, while next fall Martha Stewart further pays her debt to society on The...

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