At the outset of VH1‘s TCA session on its new Nicole Richie reality series, TV critics watched a clip in which she is driven up to Daddy’s estate because, she explains to Lionel, she does not know how to parallel park. That seems a bit thin, given that Daddy’s estate has a driveway about the size of Rhode Island, but that’s reality TV for you. Lionel announces he will teach Nicole how to parallel park, using a trash can to represent one car parked at a curb, and cutout of himself as the other car. Nicole “struggles” to parallel park her car, taking out Cardboard Lionel several times before finally getting it right. And the press watching the clip learn that her new-model Mercedes doesn’t come with auto-parallel-park-assist — at least, not for purposes of VH1 and Candidly Nicole‘s version of “reality.” Mercedes reps: Direct your question/comment to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org — they’re listed as the press contacts for the show.
Anyway, after she masters parallel parking, Lionel congratulates his daughter with a hug. “You would never know I had two DUIs,” Nicole replies. “Yeah — we can get that cleaned up too,” Dad says.