By Curt Wagner
10:11 AM EST, November 17, 2011
If you’re a celebrity flying Southwest Airlines out of Baltimore or Denver this weekend, get ready for your close-up—and be on your best behavior.
The airline famous for kicking celebs off its flights is teaming with TLC and ITV Studios for a reality series that begins filming this weekend in those two hubs.
The 13-episode series promises to take viewers “behind the scenes of the modern air travel experience, sharing the large-scale operations and personal customer stories at Southwest Airlines,” according to a TLC statement.
With Southwest’s recent run of booting celebs, this show could end up being a lot livelier than the A&E series “Airline” that aired 70 episodes from January 2004 to December 2005.
In September, Southwest ejected “The L Word” star Leisha Hailey off a flight because she and her companion used “loud profanity” and their “aggressive reaction” to requests to calm down. Hailey believes it was because she kissed her girlfriend.
Earlier that month, Southwest decided to play style police, booting Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong from a flight because of his excessively sagging pants.
And who can forget the uproar Southwest caused last year when it yanked director Kevin Smith from a flight? He went on Twitter to say it was because they declared him too fat for his seat.
TLC has not decided on a title for the series. I have a suggestion: “Kicking off the Stars.”
And I hope they film at Midway when I’m flying, but the release did not name all the airports in which they might film.
One new reality show that will film in Chicago is “Mob Wives: Chicago,” a spin-off of VH-1’s “Mob Wives.” I guess that’ll now be known as “Mob Wives: New York.”
“Our viewers connected so strongly with our New York cast that we were skeptical about trying to repeat that success,” VH1’s Jeff Olde said. “But once we met these ladies from Chicago and heard their truly unbelievable stories, we knew that viewers would become just as captivated as we did.”
“Mob Wives (NY)” will launch its second season at 7 p.m. Jan. 1. The 10-episode Chicago version is set to debut in the spring.
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