Coming to America
Victoria Beckham: Coming to America was a one-hour American TV special that featured British former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham moving to the United States where her husband, David Beckham, begins his career playing football for LA Galaxy of the MLS.
The documentary was part factual and part a scripted spoof on documentaries such as Being Victoria Beckham and other shows featuring the Beckhams. Parts of the spoof element featured Victoria being mean to her PA, played by Renee Gauthier.
On July 13, 2007, NBC Entertainment executive Craig Plestis announced:
"Viewers will get a first-hand glimpse into what it's like to be one of the most sought after celebrities in the world. Victoria's every move is documented by the paparazzi, but only our cameras have been allowed inside the world of what being Victoria Beckham is really like."
DevelopmentEditProduced by 19 Entertainment (Simon Fuller's company that handles the careers of David and Victoria Beckham), what eventually ended up as a one-hour show on NBC was originally supposed to be six half-hour episodes shown weekly as agreed upon by Fuller and the NBC months before the scheduled arrival of the Beckhams to the US. However, NBC soon cooled on the idea and unilaterally decided to move the episodes to the lower-profile Bravo cable network. The move made Fuller irate, but he only suceeded in getting NBC to reach a compromise: the show would air as a one-hour, stand-alone broadcast on NBC on July 16, 2007 and if it managed to pull in good enough ratings, more episodes would follow. Despite winning its timeslot on Monday in the usually slow summer TV season, the show got a tepid 2.2 rating in the US, falling well short of the numbers required to make NBC interested in making more.
A slight hiccup occurred when David was recalled back to England to play for the national team, production may have put on hold under Victoria's decision so she could give David some backing and support. A source close to Victoria told British's tabloid newspaper Daily Mirror:
"Victoria is always happy to fulfil her obligations and she'll fly out at the end of June to do another week's filming. But that will only give the network about half an hour's footage on top of the half hour they shot last month. Vic is fiercely loyal to David - the whole move to Los Angeles was for him and his career in the first place. She was in tears when she heard he'd been recalled to the England squad as she knew that was his ultimate dream. She had a real laugh during the initial filming of the series last month... But there is absolutely no way she'd have sacrificed being there [for David]... regardless of how much it would help her profile in the U.S."
The show aired on NBC, and premiered on Monday, July 16, 2007 also on CTV in Canada. It premiered in the UK on ITV1 on July 17, 2007, and in Australia on the Nine Network on July 17, 2007.
Whilst a hit in the UK, the spoof element was not grasped by the US viewers. Originally meant to serve as the pilot to a serialized reality show, it was scrapped due to not enough material recorded. The show drew in only 4.9 million viewers in the US.
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