TV Land has a terrific new show, How'd You Get So Rich?, hosted by Joan Rivers. Return visitors to In A Lather may recall that reality shows are usually not my cup of tea. With a few exceptions, TV Land's The Foreman Family, The E! Channel's Pam: Girl On The Loose, and now TV Land's How'd You Get So Rich?. Aside from the fact that these three shows have iconic figures associated with them, they have something else in common---they're entertaining, and worth your time to watch.
In the case of How'd You Get So Rich?, it has what i categorize as the Don King factor. No, not a shock of kinky hair, oh no wait, one of the entrepreneur's products does have that on a hat, but that's not what i'm referring to. It's the "only in America" element of the show's "richies" as Ms.Rivers calls them. These multi-millionaires, and in some cases multi-billionaires, are all self-made, achieving their monetary riches through, hard work, perseverance, and ingenuity.
i intentionally use the phrase monetary riches, because as Ms Rivers points out of one of the subjects, 80 yr old Blaine, the $100,000,000.00 New Orleans Louisiana Mardi Gras King, he is rich not only in money, but also in family and friends. Blaine grew up during the depression, and at the age of 20, to pay his mother's medical bills, he painted a mural for the doctor who was treating her. The doctor was so pleased with Blaine's work, he commissioned another mural depicting Mardi Gras parades. Today Blaine The Mardi Gras King who is also a philanthropist, owns 2/3rds of the city of New Orleans.
The other part of the show that i get a kick out of are the Get Rich Quickies segments, where all across America Joan combs the streets looking for people who look wealthy, and asks them about their cars, wardrobe, jewelry, coiffure and of course, how'd they get so rich. All inspirational, or as Ms Rivers says aspirational [i love that description], rags to riches stories.
TV Land Prime's How'd You Get So Rich?, hosted by Joan Rivers airs Wednesdays at 10:00pm on TV Land. Please check your local listings. If you miss any episodes or just want to see them again, TV Land provides full episodes on-line.