Today's LAT introduces us to Sons of Hollywood, A&E's groundbreaking attempt to have television cameras follow around the spoiled offspring of Los Angeles as they eat at the hottest restaurants, blow rails in the most exclusive nightclub bathroom stalls, and generally engage in any other activities that might lead a person to compare its subjects' lives to the more interesting, fictional ones depicted on Entourage. Meet your Sons: the Fast-Talking Baby Mogul, Rod Stewart's Recovering-Addict Son, and The Kid Aaron Spelling Didn't Love Enough To Give A Hit TV Show, courtesy of a night out at Koi and Area with the Times:
Weintraub, whose father died when he was 3, is a consummate baby mogul, someone who describes closing a deal as a physical high, and who got his taste of the business at 15 when he talked his way into an internship at Interscope Records. While studying entertainment business at USC, he worked in talent development for Death Row Records. "David has incredible focus and determination," said his mom, Judy, who will appear in an episode. "He has had to pay his own way, he has to work for whatever he wants to get and he is willing to do what it takes to get it."
Last summer, David Weintraub left United Talent Agency, where he had once been its youngest film agent. Last week, he signed on with Coalition Media Group. "Yes, I am very much an L.A. type," he said. "But I never became that type. I always just was that type."
Spelling is an actor and aspiring producer, having gotten his start on his father's "Beverly Hills, 90210." He's a sensible guy, a peacemaker in his sometimes fractious family and not at all inclined to perform as himself. (Unlike, his sister, Tori, who recently threw open her house for a garage sale and publicly feuded with their mother, Candy, after Aaron died.) "I was like, 'No way.' I am not into that," said Randy Spelling...One point not lost on Spelling: A reality show, if exploited correctly, can be considered a top-notch EPK — electronic press kit — and will lead to other work, which is a reason everyone seems keen to be doing them.
Stewart, lanky, tousled and tattooed, has a big heart, a foul mouth, a short attention span and an almost endearing propensity for nudity. A recovering drug addict, he is unguarded and amusing, sometimes unintentionally so. He lives in a guesthouse on the Beverly Park estate of his father, who will occasionally be seen on the show.
In a genial and profanity-laced conversation at Koi, Sean Stewart proved his mom's point. When asked what he's done since high school, he said, "Do you honestly want to know? Lot of rehab. Lot of drugs. Heroin and pills. Lot of alcohol. And that's about it."
Unfortunately for the Sons, another basic cable outlet has already beaten their series to market with their own "real-life Entourage," twentyfourseven, and they'll probably find themselves involved in frustrating conversations in which they're forced to explain to the doorman at Hyde that they're the not the Hollywood reality show paupers from MTV, they're the rich douchebags with the famous parents that are on A&E after Dog the Bounty Hunter.
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