“Three parts harmony, one part drama” says the promo line for TV Guide Network’s new series “Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On,” which premieres April 8.
Ostensibly, the half-hour show is about a comeback reunion of sisters Carnie and Carrie WIlson and Chynna Phillips, who have an album coming out that pays tribute to their parents’ music, “Dedicated,” featuring songs by the Beach Boys and the Mamas & the Papas.
Perhaps inevitably, though, the “drama” surrounding the upcoming tour initially centers on Wilson’s weight, which is obviously the most relatable element for a nation obsessed with its own battles with the bulge.
On its face, the show is a perfect promotion for the accompanying album, being released by Sony Masterworks. But the conventions of the genre demand more, and so Wilson’s latest public ordeal.
Of course, the series doesn’t need to garner huge numbers to move the needle for TV Guide (and it probably won’t), but the eight-episode run should be a solid plug for the group best known for its signature hit “Hold On” 20 years ago — if perhaps not as helpful as their cameo in the movie “Bridesmaids.”
That song title also proves a pretty good metaphor for the network, which has upped its reality profile while operating under the prospect of being sold by parent Lionsgate.
Hey, people in glass houses, as they say. But just a thought before Lionsgate’s ownership officially goes away: “Wilson Phillips: The Hunger Games?”