Audrina Patridge was one of the blandest cast members on the superbland The Hills, but she somehow managed to finagle her own Vh1 reality show, Audrina. Most of the segments from the show – Audrina taking a polo lesson! Audrina hanging out with her boyfriend! – would actually benefit from being scripted, and Audrina herself is not dynamic on camera. The only person on the show who is compelling to watch is Audrina’s mom Lynn Patridge, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. Lynn is best known for being caught on tape making a profanity-laden rant about Audrina’s stint on Dancing with the Stars and how much Lauren Conrad sucks. Her role on Audrina’s show was clearly intended as damage control, and Lynn even addressed the controversy in the first episode.
Audrina attempted to defend her mom, saying that her mom had had a glass or two of wine and that she is very “passionate” and a great mom who just wanted to defend her daughter. In Lynn’s monologue, she’s difficult to understand and sounds like she’s slurring some of her words together. As far as I’m concerned, the only redeeming value of this show is as Lynn’s audition for Celebrity Rehab. Think about it: the show just so happens to air on the same network, and the caliber of actual stars on Celebrity Rehab declines each season. Last season, one of the cast members was Frankie Lons, who is basically only famous for being R&B singer Keyshia Cole‘s mom. Lynn would be a perfect candidate for the show – she has a temper, she lashes out at people who disagree with her, and she’s good at playing to the camera. I don’t know whether she’s an alcoholic, but Audrina isn’t presenting her in the best light. (I also have my suspicions about whether everyone on Celebrity Rehab is actually an addict or if some of them are playing up their issues for a paycheck.) Either way, Audrina is a boring train derailment, and Lynn’s presence isn’t enough to get me to keep watching.