Harry Hamlin revealed he has no recollection of filming his short-lived reality show Harry Loves Lisa with his wife Lisa Rinna.
The future The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars headlined their own TV Land documentaries in 2010, but a decade later, Hamlin has erased the experience from his mind.
“I don’t remember anything about the making of ‘Harry Loves Lisa.’‘” Hamlin told Us Weekly in January 2023. “I never liked the title.”
Hamlin told CNN that he originally promoted the show, titled “I Love Lisa,” but the network “was scared.”
“The truth is, [Harry] When they did the pilot, Harry tested so well,” Rinna added. “He was through the roof and they were dying to put his name in the title. I said, ‘If I have to, okay.’ But that’s really how it started.”
Hamlin and Rinna have been married for 25 years and have two adult daughters, Delilah Belle and Amelia Gray. In 2010, when her girls were little, they got their docuseries deal.
The comedic series was touted as a reality show “revolving around the family and professional lives of Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna,” but it only lasted six episodes, per IMDb.
At the time, Hamlin told AARP the show’s goal was to “reinvent himself and his wife, the actress, with a new paradigm.”
“We were in the middle of a recession and the world around us was in a financial slump, so we said, ‘Why don’t we do a show that goes back to when Ozzie and Harriet was on TV?'” he said he. “Growing up, there was a post-war zeitgeist that allowed these types of shows to become part of popular culture, and we thought this would be a good time to re-examine that mood. Reality TV is popular and gets huge ratings and has a lot of dysfunction and blood on the walls – people yelling and getting drunk and stuff. Our show is very family oriented and kind of cute.”
Hamlin also told Smashing Interviews that four years earlier the couple had an idea to document the opening of their second boutique, but the mall where they rented space didn’t allow cameras there, so the project “died.”
“We then went off and did all sorts of other things and then revisited the idea of doing a show,” he explained. “We decided to do some sort of family comedy based on the shows I loved as a kid like ‘Father Knows Best’, ‘Ozzie and Harriet,’ ‘Leave It to Beaver’ and ‘The Brady Bunch’ ‘ and ‘I Love Lucy’, so we took that and mixed it all together and came up with ‘Harry Loves Lisa’.”
Hamlin said the TV Land series was simply about “everything that was going on in our lives at that time.”
“It’s comedy more than anything,” he added of Harry Loves Lisa. “There’s no blood on the walls, we don’t throw objects at each other, and we don’t yell four-letter words at each other.
According to BravoTV.com, “Harry Loves Lisa” started off strong, and its debut was the network’s highest-rated reality TV premiere in several years. Rinna also gushed about the show’s candid look at their marriage. “It’s very open, it’s very honest, it’s very real,” she said.
And the title too, despite Hamlin’s distaste for it. In January 2023, the actor opened up about his long relationship with Rinna, telling People, “I just love everything about this girl.”
Five years after Harry Loves Lisa aired its only season, Rinna signed with Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise.
In 2015, she told Oprah: Where Are You Now? that she was certain her husband would “never” do it after she was approached to be on the Bravo reality show.
“His first reaction? ‘Nope. i will divorce you If you do, I will divorce you,'” she revealed.
But Hamlin later told his wife he had changed his mind and felt the show could be “a good thing” for her career, so she signed.
Rinna enjoyed her first seven seasons of RHOBH, but after a rocky eighth, she told Interview magazine, “I fucking hated this year.”
“Something has entered the Housewife universe because of what’s going on in the world and it’s reflected in the way fans are reacting to the world of Housewives,” she explained. “And I just think it’s unhealthy. It didn’t work for me. That wasn’t right for me.”
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