Hey Paula (TV series)
|Directed by||Jason Sands|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Executive producer(s)||Paula Abdul
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Original release||June 28 – July 27, 2007|
Hey Paula is an American reality television series starring and co-produced by American television personality Paula Abdul that aired from June 28 to July 27, 2007, on the Bravo network. The series was also broadcast in Britain on the ITV2 channel and Arena 105 in Australia.
The program showed the private life of Paula Abdul as she promotes an upcoming season of the Fox series American Idol while simultaneously developing the Bratz movie as well as a new fragrance line. It also featured Abdul preparing for and making a variety of public and/or television appearances.
Abdul's persona on Hey Paula was considerably less genial than that of her established reputation as "the nice one" on American Idol. Abdul's behavior on the show, particularly toward her staff, was revealed to be less than exemplary. She frequently dissolved into tears and childish tantrums over seemingly inconsequential occurrences, and was even caught on camera privately bemoaning being "...tired of people not treating me like the gift that I am."
Ratings and reception
In spite of the tremendous success of American Idol, the ratings for Hey Paula were reportedly low.
The show was generally panned by critics, even those who identified themselves as fans of Abdul's previous work. The show was fodder for comedians, especially Kathy Griffin, who mocked Abdul's behavior in her stand-up act.
Abdul criticized the way the program's segments were edited. She explained, "That was hard for me to watch. Disturbing. They’d put a camera on me when I got wind that my dog was in a coma, and they’d make it (seem) like it was about hair and makeup."
During the filming of the series, Abdul was fired from the Bratz movie. Though her reaction to this was captured on camera, Abdul and her handlers subsequently denied the veracity of the segment, attributing Abdul's highly emotional on-camera break-down to "creative editing."
Abdul ultimately announced that she would not be willing to participate in another similar reality series.
- Paula Abdul's Bio - American Idol
- E! News - Paula Abdul Says No to Drugs, Alcohol - Paula Abdul
- Levine, Stuart (2007-06-22). "Hey, Paula". variety.com.
- Ratings: Burn Gets Noticed, But Not Hey Paula - Today's News: Our Take | TVGuide.com
- Usmagazine.com | EXCLUSIVE: Paula's People Say She Broke up With Bratz