Lindsay Lohan slowly taking over our TVs again

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Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:58 PM ET

Why is Lindsay Lohan back in my life?

The question strikes me, given the recent onslaught of Lindsay Lohan programming.

First there's Lohan's ongoing reality series on Oprah Winfrey's OWN, appropriately titled Lindsay, which airs Sundays.

Then Lohan was on The Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday night, on CBS and OMNI. Lohan and Letterman prank-called Winfrey, and Winfrey's praise for Lohan sounded forced, if you ask me.

Lohan was there to promote not only her reality series, but her upcoming appearance on the sitcom 2 Broke Girls, which airs Monday, April 14 on CBS and City.

It's kind of funny how all three of those things connect in my mind now. There basically is no difference between Lohan doing a reality show, Lohan making a talk-show appearance and Lohan guest-starring in a sitcom.

It should say something that when I first heard Lohan would be appearing on 2 Broke Girls, I had zero curiosity about what role she would be playing. In 2014, no matter what the role is, Lindsay Lohan only can be playing a version of herself, right?

It turns out Lohan is guest-starring as Claire, an indecisive bride. Claire asks Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) to make a wedding cake, but as Max and Caroline get to know Claire, it becomes clear she has trouble making decisions about virtually everything.

We, as a TV audience, can make decisions. We vote every day with our clickers. And our continued middling and muddling fascination with Lindsay Lohan is an interesting choice.

There's a certain amount of guilt that I harbor on behalf of society, in that the best thing we all probably could do for Lindsay Lohan at this point is to ignore her. She was just a wee kid when she got famous. Now as a young adult, grappling with the ups and downs of addiction and chronic bad behaviour obviously is something that would best be handled privately.

On the other hand, Lohan seeks out most of the attention, and I often feel that I'm being “played.” She talks about rebuilding her acting career, but the truth is, she doesn't really have one any more.

Today's 27-year-old Lohan simply is famous for being infamous. And how much of that is calculated? Is she truly a train wreck, or is a certain percentage of that wreckage a ploy to keep her in the public eye?

Recent stories have suggested Lohan is annoyed with OWN because the reality show is focusing way more on the bad stuff than the good. I ask myself, is Lohan actually upset with anything? Or is she, and her “people,” just keeping the fires burning on all fronts, because they know a controversy-free Lindsay Lohan merely is an ex-child star who would be the answer to the trivia question, “Who had the lead in the 2004 movie Mean Girls?”

That was Lohan's last significant role. A decade ago.

These days, Lindsay Lohan plays only versions of herself, be it reality TV, talk-show TV or sitcom TV. I just don't know if any of it is true, or if it even matters any more.

Bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv


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