The Anna Nicole Show

The Anna Nicole Show

"The Anna Nicole Show" was a reality sitcom, starring former model and "Playboy" Playmate Anna Nicole Smith, which debuted on August 4, 2002 on E! Entertainment Television channel.

The show followed the exploits of Anna Nicole Smith and her entourage; much of the focus of the series was on the fact that Smith had become obese after falling out of the public eye, no longer received regular modelling or acting work, and, at the time of the series' debut, was in a precarious financial state after lavish spending sprees and the battle against her stepson for her deceased husband's fortune. Story arcs included Smith's alleged period of unwilling celibacy (which Smith referred to as "the dry spell"); her struggle to cure her miniature poodle's habit of attempting intercourse with inanimate objects; her love-hate relationship with her toothless, redneck cousin; and her "fashion feud" with interior decorator Bobby Trendy. Perhaps intentionally (as indicated by the series' tagline, "It's not supposed to be funny. It just is") many of the situations on the show were inexplicable or highly unlikely; for example, even in Smith's obese state, it was very unlikely that she could not find a single man willing to have sex with her, as she repeatedly claimed.

Although termed a reality show, many, if not all of the episodes began with situations contrived by the producers (ie, Smith goes to a dating service; Smith participates in a game show based on The Bachelorette); the show was a "reality show," however, to the degree that Smith and the other individuals interactions and reactions to the events occurring around them were unscripted.

It was cancelled in February 2004 due to low ratings, though some insiders cited "creative differences." Only the first season was released on DVD. The show has returned in a series of specials, the first of which aired shortly after Smith's much publicized weight loss and advertising campaign with Trimspa.

In addition to Smith, the show also featured:

Kim Walther "Kimmy/Kimmie" - an overweight, purple-haired woman purported to be Smith's personal assistant. She claimed to be Smith's biggest fan and admirer, insisting that she saw the "inner beauty" of Smith, which led her to getting a large tattoo of Smith on her shoulder and upper arm. Kimmie's ambiguous sexual orientation and the possibility of a lesbian relationship with Smith surfaced in several episodes.

Howard K. Stern - Smith's attorney, frequently portrayed as a cold, calculating mind who serves as Smith's right-hand-man; he frequently assumes the role of stooge. Stern's antagonistic relationship with interior decorator Bobby Trendy was a recurring plot line throughout most of the series.

Daniel Smith - Smith's teenage son. Though listed in the show's opening credits, his appearances were infrequent, and he often appeared to be somewhat camera shy. In his rare appearances, he was portrayed as somewhat of a foil to his mother's raunchy behavior.

Sugar Pie - Smith's miniature poodle. The dog's tendency to attempt to have intercourse with various inanimate objects was a running gag on the show; according to Smith in one episode, the dog developed the habit after seeing Smith (in her words) "F***ing this guy". In the first season of the show Smith attempted to cure Sugar Pie of her habits by hiring a pet psychic. It is believed that she did not succeed and also appeared that Smith may have regretted hiring the psychic, thinking it was "kinda stupid and wouldn't work", and "She didn't tell me anything that I didn't already know".

Bobby Trendy - A flamboyantly homosexual interior decorator, the quality of whose work and timeliness, or lack thereof, displeased Smith, resulting in an elongated feud which served as the show's major ongoing plot line; he was somewhat the show's primary antagonist. He was prone to making self-congratulatory bon mots about his own taste in fashion and clothing accessories and frequently went out of the way in the middle of conversation to list the brand names of the articles of clothing he was wearing. Had somewhat of a catchphrase in uttering the word "luxurious" in reference to himself or activities in which he participated.

Shelly Cloud - Anna Nicole Smith's cousin; "Cousin Shelly" is portrayed as Smith's opposite. She never left the small town in which she grew up and is now an impoverished housewife with no teeth. Shelly frequently arrives on Smith's doorstep without notice to request financial assistance or otherwise attempt to exploit their relationship for financial gain, though she insists it's because they were close as kids and that she misses her cousin. Next to Bobby Trendy, she is the show's second most notable "antagonist." In the series finale, Shelly reveals that she plans to force herself and her husband into Smith's life permanently by moving into her house with or without permission.

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