Oprah Knows Best: Lindsay on OWN

Lindsay (Photo: OWN)
Lindsay (Photo: OWN)

Just when you thought OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, was turning into “Tyler” The Tyler Perry Network, the network brings you Lindsay, the Lohan follow-doc, and it’s everything you want it to be.

The first two episodes of Lindsay have been nothing short of a train wreck pulling into the best and brightest station one could imagine.  When we last saw Lindsay Lohan she was exiting her most recent stint in rehab and having a sit-down with Ms. Winfrey herself as a part of the show Oprah’s Next Chapter.  Lohan’s “next chapter” is this new reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network.  The show follows Lindsay on her move back to the East Coast following the aforementioned exit from rehab and how she tries to get her life back on track in the face of money troubles, less than parental parents and fears of what will happen if she relapses.

The best thing about this show is that it’s as much about Lindsay is as it is about how the real people in her life perceive her.  Unlike the Kardashians, Lohan isn’t driving this train anymore, it’s being driven for her, and maybe that’s for the best.  She’s shed most of the “bad people” in her life and arrives in New York City ready to move into a new apartment.  Unfortunately, SPOILER ALERT, she can’t exactly afford to.  Apparently the production company is footing the bill for her rent and they don’t exactly trust her enough to advance her the money.  As you’ve heard, Linds has a history of being flaky, and since she wouldn’t agree to a shooting schedule for the show, the producers won’t hand over the checks for the apartment lease.  In a moment of pure reality, still a SPOILER ALERT, Lindsay chats with the Executive Producer and Director on her show and chides them for assuming she won’t show up for things before she actually doesn’t show up.  They explain that she has a past that has followed her, but Lohan really just feels disrespected.

This is where the real world and the “reality” world collide and it’s fantastic.  In other moments the production crew gets into it with a paparazzo or two as well as Lindsay’s personal assistant.  Later Matt, the assistant, makes a daring move to stop a cab directly behind Lindsay’s SUV to prevent the mobile paparazzi from keeping up with her.  Overall the first two episodes are about Lindsay trying to avoid these other cameras and set herself up with a sponsor, a life coach and a new home.  The latter being easier said than done as a shady rental agent gives her the run around about actually obtaining the keys to her apartment.

Next week: LiLo is in her new apartment, courtesy of the show’s production company and OWN, but she’s not showing up for shoots and insists the network and the prod. co. have different approaches to her portrayal on TV. “O” herself steps in to tell Lindsay that she just needs to “cut the BullSh…” And you know, when O starts cursing, it’s serious, but Oprah DOES know best.

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