There is no middle ground for Lindsay Lohan, her new reality show will either propel her on the path for a serious comeback or backlash her into Hollywood oblivion. Lohan has been in the spotlight since the age of 10 when she made her acting debut on the soap opera Another World and in the ensuing years she has mostly starred in movies that were commercial and critical successes. In conjunction with her climbing acting career, she recorded two albums, one reached platinum status and the other was certified gold. Lohan was a gem among the young Hollywood set and destined to become a bona fide starlet with a long career.
Then starting in 2006 the direction of her star power began to descend off course by the ugly side of the show business scene. Lohan was seen more in the tabloids than on the silver screen. She was a staple on the Hollywood party scene with her excessive alcohol and drug consumption and it adversely affected her acting career. She missed out on many film roles because of her late arrivals and absences on movie sets. During the late 2000s she was in and out of rehabilitation centers and in trouble with the law for various DUI and drug possession charges. Coupled with her substance abuse and legal troubles she was involved in some very high-profile relationships that involved acrimonious break-ups which did more damage than good. When she received a dual Raspberry Award, coming in first and second place for worst actress, for the film I Know Who Killed Me, Hollywood executives took notice. Word among producers and directors was that she would have difficulty finding employment if she did not get sober.
Despite her life being in disarray, she was still able to make some television appearances and landed roles in a few independent low-budget films that garnered mixed to positive reviews. In 2012 she posed in Playboy for the January/February issue which the magazine shoot was inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s pictorial from Playboy’s first issue and editor Hugh Hefner reported that the issue broke record sales. In August 2013 Lohan filled in for Chelsea Handler on the Chelsea Handler Show, her performance received positive reviews and was the best rated episode of the year. So, it was clear that the public still had an interest in Lohan despite her mounting personal and legal issues. Lohan’s reality show Lindsay will debut on March 9, 2014 on Oprah’s network OWN which could set the stage for her comeback or backlash in her face.
Lohan has to balance her pursuit of sobriety and her pursuit of a comeback on public display in her upcoming docu-series. Viewers will not take her seriously if she fails to abstain from her substance addictions. However, if she does stay abstinent, will it be more entertaining than if she retreats to her chemical dependency? In an age of celebrity voyeurism, the American public loves a comeback story, like Britney Spears who clawed her way back to the top after an emotional breakdown in 2007. On the other hand, the same American public who enjoys an inspirational comeback story also likes to see a train wreck and the damage it leaves behind. The fate of Lindsay Lohan is in her own willpower not her reality show and if she maintains her sobriety that will be a great enough comeback and she will be able to put the public backlash behind her.
By Isriya Kendrick