Last year, for the first season of The T.O. Show, I watched an episode or two. I don’t recall much about it, and I definitely don’t recall that it was a sitcom masquerading as an unreality show.
So I just watched the first episode of the second season, and it was obvious to me that the producers have decided to make the show into a sitcom, complete with script and acting (if what I saw actually constitutes acting).
What gave it away was the simple fact that T.O. can’t act. He’s stiff and he’s wooden and if Terrell Owens can’t pull off acting when the character is himself, he needs to give up his openly-stated desire to become a star of stage and/or screen.
Making the sitcom nature of the show even more obvious were the forced circumstances, like T.O. “deciding” abruptly that he’d be leaving Buffalo after the 2009 season and going back to L.A., his two assistants expressing reluctance to that strategy even though (if we recall correctly) it was their idea to take him to L.A. during the first season of the show, his two assistants putting him up at their houses in L.A. in lieu of getting T.O. his own place (Owens accused them of treating him like he’s on “suicide watch,” a likely unintended nod to his well-publicized but long forgotten accidental suicide attempt of 2006), one of them making him babysit her kids, and T.O. having a box “accidentally” sent to his estranged girlfriend’s house so he’d have a Costanza-style excuse to go see her.
And there also was some “news,” to the extent that the script meshes with any aspect of reality. After the 2009 season ended, he explained to his assistants, “Football is just over for me at this point in time. . . . I don’t really think I can do the whole new team, new city. This year’s just been not up to my expectations. So, mentally, I’m done.”
Meanwhile, Owens has spent much of the last five months trying to get a job with a “new team” in a “new city,” and complaining publicly about the lack of interest he has encountered.
Bottom line? His show is just over for me at this point in time. I don’t really think I can do the whole new week, new episode. The first episode’s just not been up to me expectations. So, mentally, I’m done.