Vanilla Ice: Latest '80s/'90s Throwback to Turn to TV

But lately, it seems like the former star of "Happy Days," "Joanie Loves Chachi" and "Charles in Charge" makes headlines more often for his right-learning politics than for his projects.

In February, he used his Twitter feed to make a joke about first lady Michelle Obama and was reportedly inundated with death threats.

In April, he tweeted, "Taxes are DONE...That should feed, house & provide medical for a few lazy non working people at my expense. Have a great Monday!" The tweet initiated an ugly back-and-forth between him, his wife and the blog Jezebel.

Is his reputation any better now than it was before his reality stint? Maybe not.



Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan, "Hogan Knows Best"

In case anyone doubted Hulk Hogan had lost some of his, well, hulking power since his '80s heydey, he tried to prove them wrong with his four-season-long VH1 series, "Hogan Knows Best," in which he wrangled his family as only the world's best known professional wrestler could.

Alas, he couldn't control everything. In 2008, Hogan (real name: Terry Bollea) and his wife divorced and his son was sentenced to eight months in jail for a near-fatal 2007 car crash. Now, he plays second fiddle to his daughter, Brooke, on her VH1 reality series, "Brooke Knows Best."

Vanilla Ice has no kids. Judging from Hogan's ordeal, he probably shouldn't start while the cameras are rolling.



Brian Boitano

Brian Boitano, "What Would Brian Boitano Make?"

Here's where Ice should really pay attention: unlike the other guys, Brian Boitano has a show that actually focuses on a real skill, cooking, rather than finding love or hooking up or throwing down. The Food Network series gets its name from the song "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" in which the boys of "South Park" herald a host of magical, made-up feats of strength accomplished by the 1988 Olympic gold medal figure skater. The 1999 ditty became such a phenomenon that Boitano hopped on the bandwagon instead of trying to block it. Now he's triple-axeling around the kitchen, whipping up such dishes as "Missed Putt Pizza."

The takeaway: Ice shouldn't be afraid to poke fun at himself. He could start by turning "Ice Ice Baby" into a show-appropriate theme song: "All right stop, collaborate and listen/Ice is back with a brand new renovation/These crown moldings grabbed a hold of me tightly/I'm nailing 'em in daily and nightly." New title: "Splice Splice Baby."

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