The T.O. Show Is Entertaining, Lacks Real Insight

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The T.O. Show Is Entertaining, Lacks Real Insight
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As a longtime football fan, who's spent his entire life in Buffalo, when I found out Terrell Owens was coming to the Buffalo Bills, I was a bit taken a back.

After all, T.O. lives for the spotlight. Why would he want to live in the small-market chicken-wing haven of Buffalo?

Then, I found out they were shooting a reality show and it all started to make sense.

Anyway, this evening, I sat down to watch the series premiere of The T.O. Show, and in the end it's a mixed bag. There were certainly some entertaining moments, but it didn't give us a great deal of insight into who T.O. really is, it just gave some interesting footnotes on his personal life, while he tried to convince us he's really a good guy.

Still, it's way better than most reality shows, so T.O. should get some credit for that.

The show focuses on Owens' relationship with his friends/publicists Mo and Kita who's job it is to prevent him from acting like his arrogant, cocky self. If they are to be believed, Owens has multiple personalities, Terrell and T.O.

Terrell is the charming, friendly guy who just might lead the Bills to the Super Bowl, while T.O. is the guy who called Jeff Garcia a homo, and got into a fight with Hugh Douglas.

This seems understandable enough. Many players have stood up for Owens in recent years, it's perfectly reasonable to think he's generally a nice guy, who just has a bad side.

Unfortunately, we don't really see that on the show.

The worst of T.O.'s "bad boy" personality comes up when he hooks up with a few girls at a club, and a party ends up breaking out at his L.A. home.

It's amusing to hear Mo and Kita talk about all of the "hoochies" in his house, but really, this is nothing too surprising. He's one of the most famous professional athletes in the world! Of course he's going to score with loose women. That's why men want to be him. if that's the worst thing we see T.O. do, he's a Saint.

In the second half, things get a bit more interesting.

He has a romantic evening with his real estate agent, then has the good feeling blown when he is forced to reconnect with his ex-fiance who he cheated on. This is the rare point in the episode, where I actually felt some sympathy for T.O., since he seems genuinely remorseful about his indiscretions.

The ending leaves us wondering if these two could re-connect. He's pretty much guaranteed to talk to her in future episodes, which might be interesting. The show ends on a sad, but hopeful note.

The show was quite good, but there was one thing missing.

As you might have noticed, I haven't talked about football once. That's because it never comes up. The pilot is all about his personal life; his arrival in Buffalo is only briefly mentioned, and none of his famous disputes with players are even brought up.

Next week's show will focus on his arrival in Buffalo, hopefully more of his playing career will be mentioned. If not, sports fans won't have much incentive to watch this show.

It's very well-made, but it doesn't exactly give the viewers what they want.

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