Anthony Kim and his “Entourage” in a reality TV show? It’s a possibility
PGA Tour brass have been clamoring for a product to entice a younger generation to watch the sport. While talk of micing-up caddies and adding a bit more controversy to the sport has been discussed, the tour could really use a name and face that today’s generation could associate with.
While Tiger Woods is a great golfer, the tour desperately needs a fresh face to lead the sport into the future. If ever there was a player that fit the “youthful exuberance” model, it would most certainly be Anthony Kim.
We all know the story of Kim’s confirmed drinking and partying escapades during his first year on tour. His after-round antics gave players and media members more gossip than they could handle. But things have since changed, as Kim turned his career around by employing some of his best friends to help him out in Entourage-esque fashion.
Sports Illustrated’s Alan Shipnuck did a fantastic piece on Kim and the three friends that keep his feet firmly planted on the ground. The article is well worth a read. What I found to be the most interesting part, though, is the talk of Kim doing a reality TV show in the future on his life on and off the course.
This kind of playful chemistry would make for good TV, and in recent months Armstrong has spoken with producers about a possible reality show starring Kim and his ever-present posse. “I would love to be on TV,” says Kim. “I like the idea of letting people see a different side. I don’t want to be labeled as just a golfer. I want to be more than that. But we’re waiting for the right opportunity because right now I don’t need any extra distractions.”
Could you imagine a reality TV show chronicling Kim’s life on tour? Talk about must-see TV! Kim’s ability to speak his mind, as well as the life he’s currently living at the age of 24 (did I mention he’s living in a 10,000-square-foot home and has a $60,000 audio system in his theater room?) would surely be a producers dream.
It would be a real life version of Entourage. And given how highly successful that show has been, you could imagine a real life version including one of the game’s rising stars would be a huge boost for a sport that’s lacking in younger viewers.