Vince Young Takes Unwatchable TV to the 'Next Level'
By Jeremy Martin, 12:42PM, Thu. Oct. 5, 2006
The Next Level, Vince Young's new reality show (airing Wednesdays at 8:30pm on BET), is the worst thing to happen to his career since he got drafted by the Titans. For someone so freakishly talented, Young sure is a dull, average guy off the field, or at least that's how he seems on TV.
Most of The Next Level plays like home movies, with Young walking around his hometown of Houston, introducing everybody he's ever met, including (seriously) people he played peewee football with.
In case you were wondering, Vince, the third pick of the 2006 draft who carried UT to a national championship, was a freaking awesome peewee ball player.
Other "shocking" revelations on the show include: Young was disappointed to lose the Heisman trophy, but excited to win the Rose Bowl. And here's some interesting trivia: his family is proud of him for playing pro ball, and he used to be a child at one point. We don't see Young eating, waiting in line at the post office, or taking a crap, but I assume BET's saving something for sweeps week.
The most interesting part of the show for me was finding out Vince has a sister named (really) Vintrisa.
It seems BET's forgotten the secret ingredient for interesting reality TV: sheer bug-shit craziness. Even terrible shows like Hogan Knows Best, The Flavor of Love, and The State of the Union Address manage to be unwatchably watchable because the protagonists are raving, drooling lunatics. Young is just too nice a guy for reality TV.
Give me Maurice Clarett and Marcus Vick trying out for the arena league or Bill Romanowski biting the heads off kittens. But if you're so obsessed with Vince that you want to watch an interview with the cousin who used to give him rides to the club, someone should probably be making a reality show about you.