Ryan shame: Lochte's TV show canned

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Tully Corcoran

Tully Corcoran spent seven years covering the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas Jayhawks for The Topeka Capital-Journal. His work has been honored multiple times by The Kansas Press Association. He most recently wrote for FOX Sports Houston and FOX Sports Southwest. Follow him on Twitter.


I was not among the 800,000 viewers who tuned in to the debut of E!'s "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?"

Nor was I among the 300,000 who tuned in for the season finale, which has turned out to be the series finale.


Sports is the ultimate "unscripted TV." No wonder so many athletes, such as Jose Canseco), have appeared on reality shows.

I write that not as a point of pride — actually, yes I do — but as a way of saying that I can only guess the reasons why the just-canceled show was not popular.

A list of uneducated guesses . . .

• Ryan Lochte is not funny.

• Even by the subterranean standards of reality television, the script was too obvious and boring . . . and the acting was too bad.

• Nobody cares what Ryan Lochte would do.

• Ryan Lochte refused to marry Kim Kardashian.

• Ryan Lochte never could come up with a definition for Ryan Lochte beyond "Ryan Lochte."

• Not an Olympic year.

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