Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is set to be released from federal custody into the wild on July 20. This is a fact that has been reported upon again and again, and by nearly every media outlet, from ESPN to FOX NEWS and everywhere in between. Even while Vick was locked up in faraway Leavenworth, Kansas, there was a steady stream of coverage of the fallen Atlanta Falcons QB’s prison exploits and financial woes. As Vick’s release date nears, it’s a sure bet that this coverage will intensify ad nauseum, both in the sports and the mainstream media.
However, if constant SportsCenter updates and Larry King interviews won’t be enough for people to get their fix of Michael Vick news, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER has some good news. There’s a Michael Vick reality show in the works, coming soon to a ratings-hungry television network near you!
According to the REPORTER, the proposed reality show will show Vick trying to “make amends for his past.” What exactly this means remains to be seen, but it’s fair to assume that whatever this show ends up being, it won’t be shown on Animal Planet (over/under on the number of times this joke appears in reference to this story: 5000). America loves stories about heroes and villains, and while some misguided souls might still consider Vick to be the former, he has certainly shown himself to be first-rate at the latter. Then again, America also loves a good redemption story - the fickle public will forgive just about anyone who shows the proper levels of public contrition.
Vick’s attorneys claimed in court that he is being offered $600,000 for the rights to follow him around 24 hours a day with a camera. However, these are the same attorneys who claimed Vick needed 2 houses and 4 cars during a bankruptcy proceeding so, as with anything relating to the dog-killing QB, don’t lend it too much credence.