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'Mission: Man Band' thoughts

I decided to give Mission: Man Band a chance last night. That's the new show that follows four former boy-banders as they try to reclaim some of their former glory.

Despite being totally contrived in certain parts, it got off to an interesting start. Chris Kirkpatrick of N*SYNC is the host of sorts, and the other three guys move into his house. (Clearly, he has not squandered away all of his money from the boy-band experience.) Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees is a mover and a shaker who has been trying to get involved behind the scenes in the music business. Bryan Abrams of Color Me Badd seems to be having the most financial problems -- he's living in Oklahoma and appears to work with tires. But LFO's Rich Cronin has it the toughest -- in 2005, he was diagnosed with leukemia, and while he's doing a lot better, he's still taking a boatload of medication every day.

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They're going to be working with a new manager and a producer to make something happen. But I don't think I will be watching.

The preview for next week's episode shows Chris Kirkpatrick throwing a big party and Bryan Abrams getting completely smashed. Why is this a deal-breaker? In the premiere, Chris interviewed, "I'm a recovering alcoholic. OK, drop the recovering part," and was a total joker about it. But it's not a laughing matter for Bryan, who is desperately trying to stay sober and who is married with a daughter and another child on the way. It infuriates me to see someone's recovery put at risk by this totally fake scenario because these are some seriously real circumstances.

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Even if they end up making it big, will it be worth it if Bryan's at rock bottom again? I don't think so, and I don't think I can watch that be treated like a plot point.

So I'm done with this one.

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