Travis Kelce is the latest athlete to take the reality TV stage with his new show on the E! Network called “Catching Kelce,” a dating show of all things will women vie for the love of the Kansas City Chiefs Tight End.
This show comes off the heels of a breakout season for Kelce where he reeled in 72 catches for 875 yards, and five touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl season. As a result, Kelce, like many athletes coming off a huge success in their respective sport, decided to expand his growing brand and show himself in another light.
Via Adam Teicher/ESPN: “It’s an opportunity I can’t pass up,” said Kelce, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Pro Bowl tight end. “It will be awesome to get my brand out there and just be able to show the world who I am. On top on that, having fun with a few beautiful women.”
Former NFL star pass catchers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco tried their hand at the reality TV game with shows called “The T.O. Show” and “Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch,” respectively. Ochocinco’s show directly mirrors Kelce’s new show with the common reality TV concept of a dating competition taking place for the love of a famous celebrity, while Owens’ show, although still about finding love, was more about his daily lifestyle.
Personally speaking, I enjoyed Owens’ show more than Ochocinco’s solely because on one hand, T.O. was one of my favorite players of all time and on the other, the dating game shows have been played out in my opinion and I favor shows that give more of an in-depth look at an athlete’s personal life and how to manage it. So naturally, Kelce’s show didn’t quite capture my full attention as much as it would have if it had been more about his personal life and how he may be expanding his brand in other ways while playing in the NFL.
With that being said, I certainly do not knock Kelce for making this move, especially as much as other people like Pete Blackburn of Fox Sports do.
Via Pete Blackburn/Foxsports.com: “One thing is for certain: It most certainly falls under the category of trash television. Whether you love it or you hate it, there’s plenty to say about it, and that makes it a winner already.”
Although Blackburn makes it a point to call the show “trash television,” he also correctly acknowledges the fact that reality television is mostly absurd to watch, but it’s entertainment. The more absurd it is, the more people will talk about it. In reality television, talking equals more viewers and better ratings which for Kelce, means more exposure; with more exposure for both Kelce and the show, he is achieving his goal of growing his personal brand.
In essence, Travis Kelce, keep doing you, man. Even though your show may be somewhat of a conceptual knock-off, I can’t knock your hustle. As long as you keep catching Touchdowns for the Chiefs and putting up numbers on the football field, feel free to put up numbers in the reality television field.
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