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(IN)FAMOUS PEOPLE PLAYERS: Kevin Federline is following up his apparently well-received role on CSI last year with an appearance on One Tree Hill, according to a story in People Magazine online. His character, the “cocky, enigmatic frontman” of a local band called No Means Yes (no relation, one presumes, to the Vancouver hardcore outfit), will appear in a multi-episode story arc.
“I have to honestly say he was a good fit for the character," said Mark Schwahn, creator of the CW Network show. "I don't know anything about the kid but he seemed very sweet and very sincere about working hard and embracing the opportunity. It's just about being good in the role.”
In curiously related news, Federline’s ex, Shar Jackson, the baby mama of his other two kids, will be appearing on another CW show this fall, Everybody Hates Chris, as a young mother. In case you were wondering if casting directors really read gossip mags the way bankers read The Economist.
Schwain admitted that “people will say this smells of stunt casting" because of Federline's "really high public persona right now." Well, they might have said that last year, when Federline was the punch line in every late night talk show host’s opening monologue, but he’s gone back to being a running footnote in the very public meltdown of his ex-wife, Britney Spears, so there has to be more than just a very persistent agent and Federline’s native talent involved in his rehabilitation.
I was taken aback, some weeks back, when Popozao, the much-derided single from Federline’s debut album (called “aggressively shitty” by Slant magazine), was chosen by Lauren, one of the contestants on So You Think You Can Dance, as the music for her solo dance. No doubt he can use the royalty cheque, but taken with his budding acting career, it’s suddenly easy to imagine that, in the zero sum game that is celebrity, someone wants him to look good – a viable breadwinner and responsible adult – at the expense of his ex-wife.
Even more distressing is realizing that I’ve actually given over a couple of hours of my life to pondering Federline, Spears, and the weird way that we participate in the lives of celebrities and trash culture. I’m just glad I could pass on this dirty feeling to you people out there.
TAKE TWO: After reporting that a list of names including George Foreman, Joan Rivers and Tony Hawk had agreed to appear on the celebrity edition of The Apprentice, the Detroit Free Press blog, Freep, now reports that a Donald Trump spokesman denies that any of these names have confirmed that they’ll appear, and a spokesman for NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon added that he was approached, but hasn’t received any specifics from the show’s producers. The final show, when it airs, will likely feature Trump cutting faces out of Hello! magazine and taping them to the backs of racing cockroaches.