I’m going to work really hard not to leaven this posting with my own typically arch commentary, since most days it feels like this website is a Clint Eastwood fan blog and that’s not an accusation I work too hard to dispel. I can’t NOT address that this thing is happening, but I’m going to be as respectful as possible since it should be clear to all casual readers that I am a massive admirer of the film career of Clint Eastwood, one of the greatest movie stars ever, definitely the greatest actor-turned-director ever, and an unquestioned living legend. I have no interest in talking smack about one of my lifelong creative heroes or any of his family members. But they’ve been busy recently.
Clint’s wife and some of his children will be appearing on a reality show on E! Entertainment Television, the channel that brings us Keeping Up With The Kardashians and all of its spin-offs. The Eastwood show is called Mrs. Eastwood & Company, and while it promises to have brief appearances from the man himself, the main focus on the show is said to be on two of the Eastwood daughters and their personal lives, and then also on the South African boy band (!) that Mrs. Eastwood manages.
Here’s the ultra-brief promo that E! has been running:
This article breaks down that promo in some detail. (I also cut-and-pasted the official press release at the bottom of ths post.) It helps to make this enterprise a whole lot more understandable…
Daughters want some spotlight.
The Mrs. wants to get her musical group out there.
Dad has a bit of fame to spare.
All of this is leading toward a truth I hold to be self-evident:
Women can be pretty persuasive, even if you’re Clint Goddamn Eastwood.
I was curious about what “Overtone” might sound like, so I looked them up on YouTube:
Can you imagine what poor Clint thinks about while he has to listen to that, politely gritting his teeth into a faint smile?
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“‘Mrs. Eastwood & Company’ offers an exceptional look at a rarely seen side of pop culture and we’re thrilled to bring this wonderful family to our viewers,” said Lisa Berger, President, Entertainment Programming, E! “This refreshing group delivers on the network’s promise to present fascinating personalities who have compelling stories and unique points of view.”
MEET THE FAMILY
A California native, Dina is a former news anchor who, in 1993, was assigned an interview with Clint Eastwood. She certainly got more than she bargained for as the reporter and the actor/director married three years later. Beautiful and boho-chic, she is a constant fixture in her daughters’ daily lives and works to create as harmonious a home as possible. That’s not to say that the exuberant brunette doesn’t have a hobby: in fact, she has SIX. While in South Africa with Clint three years ago, Dina discovered a six-man vocal group who call themselves “Overtone.” Moved by their talent and star-potential, she re-located all six young musical men to Carmel, CA and has been acting as their mentor, mother and manager ever since.
Opinionated and artistic, Francesca Eastwood is the daughter of Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher, though she also calls Dina “mom.” A bit of a ‘free spirit,’ Francesca is in a serious relationship with her 29-year old boyfriend, famed photographer Tyler Shields. She is his muse, he is her passion. Deeply in love, the couple has been together since 2011 and as a result, Francesca’s world and her relationships are changing.
High-school student Morgan Eastwood is compassionate with a heart of gold. She loves her mother very much, but is at that age where mothers and daughters don’t always see eye to eye and she is constantly surrounded by her group of close friends. Occasionally embarrassed by Dina’s behavior, Morgan is experiencing watershed moments of her adolescence from learning how to drive to finding her own voice. Watching Francesca become an adult and being surrounded by the older boys in “Overtone,” Morgan is now on the brink of womanhood.
Comprised of six sexy young men – Emile Welman, Eduard Leonard, Tino Ponsonby, Ernie Bates, Riaan Weyers and Shane Smith – “Overtone” is one of the most popular acts in South Africa and has performed with A-list musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae and One Republic. Emile is tall, dark and handsome and is the front-man of the group. He and Francesca have a distant history of flirtation…though no one knows the real story. Tino is recently engaged and his charismatic, yet ornery, behavior sometimes causes tension within the group; Eduard is the heart and soul of the group, sweet and sensitive; Ernie can play almost any instrument and has been making music since childhood; Riaan is the “animal-whisperer” of the group – he can woo almost any creature- four legged or two legged and Shane is the crew’s self-described “ladies man.”
Dina Eastwood and Bunim/Murray Productions’ Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins and Russell Jay serve as Executive Producers.
The new E! series “Mrs. Eastwood & Company” premieres May 20 on E!
About E! Entertainment
E! is television’s top destination for all things entertainment and celebrity. E! is currently available to 98 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S. and the E! Everywhere initiative underscores the company’s dedication to making E! content available on all new media platforms any time and anywhere from online to broadband video to wireless to VOD. Popular programming includes E! core franchises, “E! News,” “The Soup,” “Chelsea Lately,” “Fashion Police” and “True Hollywood Story,” as well as the network’s hit series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Khloé & Lamar,” “Kourtney and Kim Take New York,” “Ice Loves Coco” and “Kendra.” Additionally, E!’s “Live from the Red Carpet” signature events keep fans connected to their favorite stars on Hollywood’s biggest nights. E! is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.
About Bunim/Murray Productions
Bunim/Murray Productions is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content. The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World (25 seasons for MTV). Bunim/Murray continued to innovate with the first reality game show, Road Rules (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003. Bunim/Murray’s current programming includes The BadGirls Club, Love Games and the upcoming Best Ink (Oxygen), Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kourtney & Kim Take New York and Khloe & Lamar (E!), The Real World and The Challenge (MTV) and Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime). Bunim/Murray Productions has launched additional entities including M Theory Entertainment, BMP Films and M Music. BMP Filmsproduced Pedro (MTV) and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO). Based in Van Nuys, CA, Bunim/Murray Productions was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.