Michael Vick is getting his wish: The NFL player is set to star in his own reality show on BET.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the Philadelphia Eagles player will be examined in an eight-episode reality series with the working title “The Michael Vick Project.”
The documentary style show will chronicle Michael’s return to the NFL, his legal and financial problems due to his involvement with a dogfighting ring, and his childhood.
"I just want people to really get to know me as an individual," Michael told the L.A. Times last week. "What I want to do is change the perception of me. I am a human being. I’ve made some mistakes in the past, and I wish it had never happened. But it’s not about how you fall, but about how you pick yourself up."
DuBose Entertainment, MV7 Productions, which Michael owns, and Category 5 Entertainment are developing the show. There’s no word on how much Michael could potentially make off of the project.
Producers for “The Michael Vick Project” stressed that it shouldn’t be lumped with every other reality show. They prefer to call it a documentary series because it takes such a serious look at the quarterback’s life.
"This show can be a blueprint for so many kids,"said Michael. "I want to show them that things are going to happen, that they’re not going to get through life without dealing with some kind of adversity. I want to show that if they have a fall from grace, this is how they can turn it around. We want this to be a story of hope."
And the show isn’t without it’s very vocal detractors, who don’t feel Michael should be held up as an example for the community.
"People who abuse animals don’t deserve to be rewarded. They shouldn’t be given multimillion-dollar contracts . . . or given the privilege of being a role model,” said PETA rep Dan Shannon. "We don’t believe Michael Vick understands the seriousness of his crime. I think he’s sorry he got caught, but only time will tell if he’s truly remorseful."
But no matter what PETA thinks, "The Michael Vick Project" is slated to premiere early next year.
— Sonya Eskridge