Vice wants to film a political reality show in Washington, D.C. but that project won't be viable until 2020 at the earliest, or perhaps even 2024.
It's not that politics and reality television can't go together. They do. Swamp creatures would make for exactly the kind of excellent television Vice produces. It's that any production would fail because it just couldn't compete with The Real World drama in the White House.
The Vice show is promising in a cringe-worthy sort of way. The producers want to bring "18-45-year-olds from all walks of life and political extremes" together in "close quarters" in our nation's capital to talk politics. "If you are passionate about your political beliefs and will go to any length to get your voice heard," the casting call promotes, "we want to hear from you."
A cross between eighth-grade civics and Big Brother, the show would probably feature B-list stars bickering over politics at glamorous happy hours. It's exactly the kind of show Americans would love to hate and secretly binge. Except, not now.
Normally uninformed, vacuous idiots making bad arguments means good programming (there's a reason why the Kardashians have been on TV for a decade). But there's no way that can compete, for instance, with the chaos playing out in the White House press room.
A performer and a reality television star in his own right, President Trump doesn't disappoint. His West Wing episodes have everything: betrayal, drama, and scandal. He promised to assemble the best people and they delivered monster ratings. At one point, Sean Spicer's briefings brought in 4.3 million viewers, beating every soap opera on television.
So unless Vice can somehow convince disgraced former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci to host the program, they should probably shelve the project.
Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.