TV Review: ‘Candidly Nicole’

Candidly Nicole TV Review

VH1 says Nicole Richie’s new show — “Candidly Nicole,” derived from her AOL series — “inspires people to laugh, learn and shake their head in wonderment.” Well, one out of three ain’t bad. Richie has been around a little too long to still be playing the airheaded waif she presented opposite Paris Hilton in “The Simple Life,” but that’s essentially where this not-quite sitcom positions her, heavily relying on Richie to approximate her Twitter feed through direct-to-camera musings. With apologies to dad Lionel — who shows up in the premiere — it’s hard to imagine watching the lady twice or three times after seeing her once.

Described as a fashion icon, actress, author, entrepreneur and philanthropist, more than anything Richie seems to have joined the list of people who are essentially famous for being famous, and can mine that status so long as there are niche networks looking to trade off it.

But what, alas, to do with such a flimsy personality once you’ve hired her? The producers tackle that by putting Richie through various heavily staged situations, from her aversion to parallel parking to helping out a friend by serving as her online-dating alter ego.

All of this ensues in sitcom fashion, but the emphasis is so skewed toward musical cues and pained reaction shots that even mediocre scripted comedies look good by comparison. Oh, “2 Broke Girls,” all is forgiven.

Although the press release promises viewers a “fun and intimate ride” through Richie’s peculiar view of the world, there’s scant fun and virtually no intimacy, inasmuch as everything Richie says and does comes with an implied wink.

From that perspective, “Candidly Nicole” is as misnamed as it is misguided — and reason enough, as advertised, to shake one’s head in wonderment.

TV Review: 'Candidly Nicole'

(Series; VH1, Thurs. July 17, 10 p.m.)


Produced by Telepictures and World of Wonder.


Executive producers, Nicole Richie, Michael Baum, Carrie Franklin. 60 MIN.


With: Nicole Richie

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  1. Sara says:

    This show cracks me up. I think the sitcom/reality tv correlation is a pretty decent introspective.

  2. Sandy says:

    I couldn’t make it through the first episode, this show is a joke.. not a funny one at that! The simple life was better than this and that’s saying alot…I never knew exactly how flakey Nicole was until this show.I feel sorry for her family for the embarrassment she is.

  3. Jenna says:

    Look at this show for what it REALLY is, a mildly funny sitcom. I like Nicole so I’m biased, but its not that bad.

  4. Verbena says:

    The only amusing thing about “Candidly …” is Brian’s review. Now THAT made me laugh!

  5. Brigitte says:

    I love candidly Nicole, she is so funny! !
    I’d rather watch her than all other stupid shows.
    I will keep watching!!

  6. Verbena K says:

    The show is STUPID and Nicole comes across as a JERK.

  7. liza kebong says:

    We like Nicole. Hope the show will last.

  8. doth phil says:

    My husband and I like it. We dvr it because we go to bed early. We will keep watching.

  9. sam west says:

    If you don’t like it, just don’t watch it. Period!

    • Verbena says:


  10. mercedita luat white says:

    Nicole is very funny. I would rather watch her than those kardashian people.

  11. steveineugene says:

    This show portrays her as an arrogant deceitful brat with no manners.

  12. That’s your opinion Sir! And of course you know what they say about opinions; every body got one.
    Until this very night being an older man, I haven’t watched an episode of anything except glance at She and Paris Hiltons entertainment news, however I watched the entire episode Part 2 tonight and this Young Woman, Nicole Richie is both unique, an excellent communicator, and ahead of her time.
    Everyone won’t have the pleasure of “getting her”, but not every one gets’ your sorry ass either. LOL
    Two Thumps Up MS Nicole Richie! Keep on Keeping on!!!
    Hope that’s Candid enough for you Sir.

    Evangelist Will Devaughn Davis

    Wings of a Dove Ministriesjj

    • liza kebong says:

      I agree with you. There are so many reality shows that are worst than Candidly Nicole.

    • LD says:

      Oh Willie Willie. one might think you work for or are in fact, Nicole Richie. If you had watched all of her other reality shows, you might understand what he was trying to say…BUT, i have had the pleasure of watching all of her shows and I still love this new show. She has not changed much, but she was always funny & entertaining to watch.

  13. James says:

    Nicole is a airhead bottom line. The show is wack! I don’t understand why anyone would waste a second watching it! There are a lot of these bad shows on tv this ranks right there with them! Can’t wait to hear that this show is cancelled or got pulled! Lionel please stay off this trainwreck of a show you are too talented!

  14. Debra says:

    She copied the purple hair from Kelly Osbourne, it doesn’t look good on her either. Most of the people on these reality show don’t have any talent to speak of, they are on there because of their last name. Others are just there for the shock factor it seems, It’s sad how so many Americans enjoy watching people at their worst. Whatever happened to Nicole’s fashion show with Jessica Simpson ? I hope her adopted Dad has the sense to stay off that show.

  15. Steph says:

    I disagree entirely. I think Nicole Richie is in fact very intelligent. She has a sarcastic, dry personality that, while quite polarizing, appeals to me really well. She’s quick witted, and I think that requires smarts not everyone possesses and makes her very amusing to watch. While I agree with it being quite staged, I’m still sufficiently entertained and will continue to watch.

  16. Ed says:

    The web series was funny. The tv pilot was a little mellower but I’m giving the show a shot.

  17. Jess Andrews says:

    I was perplexed that she even got a show. She’s pretty and has good style, but that doesn’t mean she can carry a “comedy” show. She’s just another rich girl with little talent to offer. Vh1 is beyond desperate at this point. Nicole Richie isn’t going to save the network.

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