Paula Abdul, straight up

The Baltimore Sun

Give Paula Abdul credit - she's stayed in the spotlight long after the likes of Julie Brown, Downtown Julie Brown and other cute '80s celebu-girls whose names aren't either Julie or Brown. And give the choreographer-cum-American Idol judge extra credit for the coming Bravo reality series Hey Paula, in which she forthrightly lets herself be seen in all her glory - from feisty entrepreneur to scary-whiny, self-inflated diva.

Scott Sternberg, one of the executive producers, says, "Everything that happens is absolutely real. We did not manipulate nor script. It was what she does every single day." Given what we see in the premiere, airing Thursday at 10 p.m., that sounds like the strike-me-dead truth.

On TV Hey Paula premieres at 10 p.m. Thursday on Bravo.

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