Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte Gets E! Series 'What Would Ryan Lochte Do?'

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 7, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19:  Olympic athlete Ryan Lochte attends the 2012 Golden Goggle awards at the Marriott Marquis Times Square on November 19, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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Gold medal Olympic swimmer and walking think tank Ryan Lochte is reportedly set to star in his very own reality TV series. 

Deadline Hollywood reports the one show you could have pretty much assumed would get made is now in the works:

The long-rumored E! reality series starring Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is now a reality. The network’s president Suzanne Kolb made the announcement during the E! Entertainment portion of the TCA press tour. Titled What would Ryan Lochte Do?, the show will feature the “vivescent” Lochte, Kolb said, adding that E! brass wondered “How deep is the pool of Ryan Lochte?

Reality shows have taken a turn for the worse, seeking out the lowest and most banal characters to keep us all fat and giggling on our couches. 

In the long pantheon of what is wrong with TV, Kim Kardashian begot Honey Boo-Boo, who now begot a heaping dose of "Jeah."

If I sound less than enthused, it's because we were hoping America was better than this. 

As the report reminds us, Lochte enjoyed tremendous fame following the London Olympic Games he failed to make good in usurping Michael Phelps in the pool as this nation's best swimmer. 

Still, Lochte rivaled the golden boy in the popularity department, simply for the way he carried himself outside of the pool. 

He had cameos on 90210 and 30 Rock, and also had ubiquitous videos running rampant on the Internet---none more perfect than this mashup of Lochte delivering some wisdom

Consider just one of his many slow, plodding interviews when speculating what a show entitled "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?" might look like. This one from the set of 90210

I will go ahead and assume the E! show will be awful, plain and simple. I also have no doubt it will be a huge hit. 

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