Cyndi Lauper’s New Show: Is She Too Functional for Reality TV?

Cyndi LauperYou don’t hear much in the tabloids about Cyndi Lauper, celebrated singer/songwriter and LGBT activist. That’s why it might be surprising that the pop icon will be starring on her own new reality television series, tentatively titled Cyndi. The news comes at the same time as The Girls Next Door star Kendra Wilkinson launching her own reality show, Kendra on Top

Lauper has a definitive aesthetic style, as well as a few historically controversial hits on her musical resume. But all in all, Lauper is and always has been a pretty functional star. This begs the question: in a genre where debauchery and destructive behavior are the life blood, can the put-together Lauper really thrive?

Since the The Real World first hit TV, the reality genre has spiraled into various forms of near-insanity.The most popular reality shows have followed figures with seemingly questionable judgment or loose moral compasses. Some noteworthy reality stars include the Kardashians, Paris Hilton, Bobby Brown, Ozzie Osbourne and the Gotti family—none of whom is exactly the foundation of stability. This collection of stars has made and sustained its notoriety on very publicized sexual escapades, drug abuse, and even syndicated crime. You may have heard Mad Men star Jon Hamm speak quite candidly on the subject.

But Lauper doesn’t really subscribe to this behavior. She has been happily married to actor David Thornton since 1991 (over twenty years, something almost unheard of in the reality TV game) and is mother to one son, Declyn Wallace Thornton, born in 1997. 

Lauper’s show is set to focus on her life and family. But without the controversy, the ridiculousness, the dysfunction, can the series really survive? Will people be content with just watching the talented songstress and her healthy family unit? Or does some drama need to be infused to rake in the viewers?

Wilkinson’s Kendra on Top will focus on the TV personality’s career and personal life, spanning her experiences as a Playboy Bunny and a mother.