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Sinbad’s New Reality Show: Is He Trying Too Hard?

Submitted by on April 30, 2011 – 9:00 amNo Comment

Comedian/actor Sinbad has been trying desperately to get his career back in order over the past few years. We’ve seen him release a Comedy Central special entitled Sinbad: Where U Been? We saw his very brief stint on the television hit Celebrity Apprentice where he was fired on the second episode,  and now he is returning to the world of television with what he calls a “creative reality show.”

For those of you too young to remember Sinbad, the funny man has been around long enough to host It’s Showtime at the Apollo, have a recurring role on A Different World, and star in films alongside the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Phil Hartman. Sinbad also hosted Sinbad’s Summer Jam, a reunion concert series featuring popular r&b, funk, and soul performers from the 60s, 70s, and 80s (to which I owe my taste in old-school music to this day).

Sinbad, of course, has had quite a few problems since then. He divorced his wife (and they remarried 10 years later), he owes nearly $3 million in back taxes, and it was reported that he recently put up his home to cover the debt. It seems that he’s following the footsteps of fellow comedian Eddie Griffin, who also turned to reality TV as he dealt with serious financial issues.

Judging by the looks of  things, Sinbad calls his show ‘creative reality television’ because he plans for it to be more of a vehicle for his return to the screen and the stage. This is obvious as he routinely breaks the fourth wall to look directly into the camera and go into hilarious diatribes about what is currently taking place. He’s basically in a reality sitcom with no writers, reacting to the people and situations that occur in his life with his special brand of humor. Don’t take our word for it, though, have a look for yourself.

It’s funny, but sometimes it seems a bit overdone. Will Sinbad’s hunger for a career relaunch force him to try too hard and hurt the show? Don’t get me wrong, we expect the man to be funny in most situations, but what we don’t want is for every episode to seem like an audition.

With that said, the show seems worth watching if for no other reason but that we’re glad Sinbad is back. It’s been a long time coming, and the world could use some good clean, family-friendly yet edgy comedy.

Sinbad: It’s Just Family airs on WEtv Tuesdays at 9 PM EST.

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