Oct. 28, 2013 03:59

Let's hope for former Gov. Edwin Edwards' sake the old adage about any publicity being good publicity holds true.

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.




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