Carnie Wilson gets her own reality show on GSN: “Carnie Wilson: unstapled”

Pregnant Carnie Wilson goes to church and then shops at Gelson's Food Market
Former Wilson Phillips singer Carnie Wilson, 41, is the latest pseudo celebrity to land her own reality show. Wilson will star in “Carnie Wilson: Unstapled” on the Game Show Network, GSN. She began hosting “The Newlywed Game” on GSN earlier this spring, and this will be the network’s first attempt at reality programing. The show will focus on Wilson’s life at home with her husband of nine years and two young children, Lola, four and a half, and Lucy, four months. It will also chronicle her quest to lose the baby weight. Wilson has had a very public battle with her weight. She was obese as a young woman, lost 150 pounds though gastric bypass surgery in 1999, gained some weight back with her first baby and then lost then regained 22 pounds after a 2006 stint on Celebrity Fit Club. She’s received much more press for her weight fluctuations than her singing career:

Carnie Wilson, who hosts GSN’s The Newlywed Game, will headline her own reality series on the network, Carnie Wilson: Unstapled, GSN said.

The show is a departure from the network’s usual fare of game shows, but GSN saw fit to expand its brand due to positive viewer response to Wilson on The Newlywed Game, Kelly Goode, senior vice president for original programming and development, told the Associated Press.

Carnie Wilson welcomes a baby girl

Unstapled — a play on the singer’s 1999 gastric-bypass surgery that was streamed online — will focus on the 41-year-old’s life as a mother, her struggle to lose 50 pounds of baby weight after giving birth to second daughter, Lucy, in June, and her budding baking career. Wilson makes a line of desserts for Melissa Joan Hart’s candy shop, SweetHarts. Wilson’s father, Beach Boy Brian Wilson, may also make an appearance on the show if schedules permit.

Carnie Wilson: Unstapled will debut in January.

[From TV Guide]

I like Carnie Wilson and I’m pretty sure I saw her on E! True Hollywood story and found her both likable and relateable. She said in an interview after doing Celebrity Fit Club in 2006 that she would be open to her own reality show “if the price is right.” I guess it’s kind of expected that she’d jump at the chance for her own show, but the concept is getting so tired. It seems like just about every faux celebrity has done a reality show. Plus It really wreaks havoc on a family to subject their daily lives to the influence of producers and editors working to create a story line. I hope her marriage is secure enough to stand the pressure. She does have two small daughters depending on her. She’s not going to care as much about the money if it creates a strain in her relationship.

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  1. Lem says:

    I like Carny. She’s a bit of a loon and a bit of a mess but seems to be a real sweetheart.
    I probably don’t love her enough to find out where the GSN is on my lineup but I promise to laugh at her clips on the soup.

  2. Ana says:

    “I promise to laugh at her clips on the soup.” How awesome! That’s the only time I will catch a glimpse of her show as well.

    I HATE that title. It makes me cringe.

  3. Sumodo says:

    Carnie Wilson is my own little D-list pal. Though she doesn’t know me, I know her, because a few boxes of Dunkin’ more and I WILL BE HER. She’s sweet, a loving mom, a good cook, and she sings. And has a hard time finding clothes that fit, has self-doubt, and is hard on herself. Giving Carnie a show is like giving my sister and me a show. Let’s hear it for the chubby good girls! You go, Carnie, and make us proud.

  4. Firestarter says:

    @Sumodo- Loved your post! : )

  5. Sumodo says:

    @Firestarter. Yep. Pushin’ 200 again. Been unemployed a month. And, it’s not like I live someplace where I can’t walk, work out, eat healthy. My sis has a family with a special needs teenager, and we love to cook and eat and laugh and sing. We were SMOKIN’ back in the day. We used to have a band, too. Seeing Carnie makes me feel like I can do it, lose some weight, though I might slip. Thank God for her.

  6. Firestarter says:

    @Sumodo- Hey, it sounds like you are a happy person, and that is what counts. As long as you are healthy and happy, weight doesn’t matter. If you want to lose it, then go for it and good luck. I wish you the best!

  7. Sumodo says:

    @Firestarter. I have a fun life and friends who are a bunch of sweethearts. If we all cut out the wine and appetizers and got our own reality shows, we’d lose weight, too. I hope Carnie has nice pals and low drama because this show is going to strain things. You’re pretty cool, too, Firestarter. Let’s get our own reality show!

  8. Firestarter says:

    @Sumodo: : )

  9. mollination says:

    I really thought the tide was going to at least START to turn with the you-know-who-plus-8 debacle, and that reality shows were going to change a bit. How naive of me to think that exposing the traumas and harm done to underage children when they are catapulted into gross invasions of privacy would change anything. The public cares enough to outcry, but not enough to stop watching.

    countdown to the end of days.

    (and @ sumodo – I really like your outlook and the way you maintain responsibility *and* contentedness, so I have no problem with grown up women having their own reality shows. Just not the kiddies.) :]

  10. Alli says:

    Is it just me or does losing weight and starting a baking business seem like a recipe for failure (excuse the pun)

  11. Firestarter says:

    @Alli- You would think so, but not necessarily. 20 yrs ago I was 30lbs heavier, and I decided to diet. While I was on this diet (which to me was DIE with a T on the end) I took up cooking, and particularly baking. I made cheesecakes, cookies, candies, sweet rolls, anything you could learn to bake, I made. Did I eat any of it? No. It was somewhat theraputic for me. Everyone around me was ticked off at me because while I lost weight, they gained from my baked goods. Maybe I was secretly trying to fatten them up.

  12. MeowMeow says:

    I love Carnie — I’ve read both her books, and she’s very down-to-earth, despite a famous life (and father).

    I also love that when she met her husband, she was at her heaviest, and he’s literally been with her through thick and thin. She’s a beautiful woman and has a great personality. I think a reality show with her should be pretty entertaining.

  13. Kaye says:

    I don’t know about this. Most reality shows are the kiss of death for the stars’ marriage. I think Carnie should be very careful about putting her family through something like this given the damage it has done to other families.

  14. jule says:

    I would watch a show with sumodo and firestarter, you entertain me here! And I couldn’t give a rats a$$ about what you all look like 🙂

  15. NicoleAM says:

    I can’t relate to Carnie’s struggle with her weight, but I like her and I hope she whips herself back into shape. Seems really down to earth 🙂

  16. nj says:

    Sumodo, you do sound fun. But you will never get a show. You seem too well-adjusted. Not enough train-wreck factor. Well, maybe that’s what we need! A reality shiw starring some normal, nice people living life. I might watch that.(And I don’t watch reality shows).

  17. Martinize says:

    I love Carnie and I love The Newlywed Game. I will probably even check out this show. But reality shows of any kind don’t belong on the Game Show Network. It’s a really bad fit and they risk losing their identity. They already slipped by running that gawd-awful Love Connection.