Let’s hope for former Gov. Edwin Edwards’ sake the old adage about any publicity being good publicity holds true because the early reviews on his and trophy bride Trina’s new A&E reality show The Governor’s Wife, which premiered Sunday evening, are less than flattering.
From The Times-Picayune:
An uncomfortable, embarrassing curiosity for local viewers who’ve lived through Edwards’ political career and curtain-call incarceration for extortion, “The Governor’s Wife” is for everybody else on the planet just train-wreck TV.Variety:
Finally, a sitcom with an 86-year-old leading man. If only it weren’t (sort of) real. Creepy on almost every level, A&E’s “The Governor’s Wife” couldn’t reanimate Anna Nicole Smith, so it goes for the next best thing: Trina, the 35-year-old wife of former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards, and thus the stepmother to his two 60-something daughters. Blond and buxom, Trina would be the ostensible star of the show if Edwin (also an ex-con) wasn’t so much more interesting, although the producers conveniently skip all the obvious questions, starting with how the hell this whole relationship happened.Hollywood Reporter:
[T]hough the show seems like an opportunity (as Anna points out) for Trina to rehab her gold-digger image, she’s completely overshadowed by the likable Edwin and his idiosyncratic daughters, who make for much more interesting viewing than a Real Housewife of the Bayou, however earnest she may be. “Interesting” is a relative here, though. While Louisianians might feel compelled to tune in just to see what’s been going on with Edwards, A&E might want to start looking for their return receipt for this Louisiana purchase.