Speaking of TV, last night I had the opportunity to attend a pre-screeing of the pilot episode of Chicago's first reality show, Plastic Royalty, at Tribecca Flashpoint Academy.
During cocktail hour, a strangely familiar voice caught my attention. I looked over to see a man who looked like "California" Santa with ice blue eyes. It was Dr. Leon Forrester Tcheupdjian, or "Dr. T" as he is known to his patients. The radio commercials he does for his plastic surgery business are legendary in Chicago and here he was, in the flesh! At his side was Leslie Forrester, an instantly likable kid who schooled me on spray tanning and admitted to me she was 35. (Impossible!) These are the stars of the show, and within the hour, I could see why.
We all dumped our drinks and headed up the the screening room. Plastic Royalty follows the lives of Dr. T and his number one assistant, his gorgeous daughter Leslie through the fascinating, upbeat life at their plastic surgery office.
The crowd was hushed and a delicious montage of pokes, prods and drama appeared on the screen. Plastic Royalty is good TV with all the fixin's: A girl who is prettier than you whom you don't hate, a bunch of money bags experiencing heartache, a close-up of vibrating butt cheeks, tears and a smidgen of gore!
I'm not a big TV person, but you will LOVE this show. It's got more heart than Dr. 90210 and Dr. T is surprisingly funny. "Crows feet are for the birds!"
Click here to watch the trailer. The full episode will air three times this holiday weekend: Right after Saturday Night Live (12:00 AM), at 11:05 PM on Sunday and again Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 on NBC.
Dr. T and Leslie, NBC reality stars and handlers of my future tummy tuck.
My buddy Stacey, Dr. T and me (with a strategically placed name tag) at the screening.
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