Lamas family wants to use 'The Lamas Life' reality show to heal
By Christopher Rocchio, 07/31/2009
The Lamas family is apparently using their new E! reality series as a springboard to building healthy relationships with one another.
"We are in a sense rebuilding our lives, professionally and personally," patriarch Lorenzo Lamas told reporters during a Thursday panel at the Television Critics Association press tour, The Los AngelesTimes reported.
"We are dealing with very personal dynamics and the challenges that we face, having the public eye and spotlight again. I think it will be interesting for the audience to see how we cope with this new opportunity."
E! ordered the tentatively-titled The Lamas Life in April, and the reality series will follow the family as they live their Hollywood lifestyles.
In addition to Lorenzo, the series will also star his daughter, The Bachelor: London Calling winner Shayne Lamas; Shayne's brother A.J. and sister Dakota; as well as their mom and Lorenzo's ex-wife Michele Smith.
The reality series is produced by The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss -- who began developing it when he inked an exclusive deal with Warner Bros. Television and its Warner Horizon TV division in December.
"I believe it's the healthiest way. There is only one way to get a family together and that's television," joked Fleiss at the TCA panel, according to The Times. "And that's what the E! channel is all about. Bringing people together."
In all seriousness, Lorenzo said the show presented an opportunity to reunite with his son.
"Before we started working together on the show, it had been a few years since we spoke," said Lorenzo, The Times reported. "It is unusual. But it was a chance to make things better."
A.J. admitted to being hesitant about the idea of a reality show reuniting the family but eventually relented -- and it has paid off, as he told reporters he's seen more of Lorenzo in the last two weeks than in the previous four years.
"We're working on it," said A.J.. "I have issues with him, he has issues with me... you know, just watch the show."
The Lamas Life is currently slated to debut this fall.