Sunday, July 27, 2003

Fox moves riches-to-rural show to fall

By John Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Simple Life, what looked to be the summer's best reality series, has created such a buzz at the TV critics' press tour that Fox has delayed it until fall.

Two wealthy party girls - hotel heiress Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie (singer Lionel's daughter) - spent four weeks with a farm family in Altus, Ark., (population 817).

They milked cows, worked for minimum wage in a fast-food restaurant and a gas station, and shopped at Wal-Mart in their designer clothes.

"We don't have, like, farm clothes. We just wore our own clothes," Hilton, 22, told TV critics. "We had to get things ... (because) some of our clothes we didn't want to, like, get messed up."

Giving up her credit cards and cell phone, and trading her limo for a pickup truck, was too much for her at first.

Hilton said she cried on the phone to her sister: "I want to go home. This place sucks! But four weeks later she told her: 'You should have done it. It was fun.' "

Fox had previously announced that the Green Acres-type reality series - "from filthy rich to just plain filthy" - would debut Aug. 13. No new premiere date has been announced.

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