Michael Vick's return from shame and imprisonment nearly is complete, but so far it has lacked one essential ingredient of 21st century infamy: a reality show.
Not to worry. He has one in the works, an eight-episode season scheduled for BET early next year entitled "The Michael Vick Project," the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.
The show is to chronicle his comeback this season as an Eagles backup and his troubled past, including his 2007 arrest for his part in a dogfighting ring and subsequent 18-month stay in prison.
"I just want people to really get to know me as an individual," Vick told the Times. "What I want to do is change the perception of me. I am a human being. I've made some mistakes in the past, and I wish it had never happened. But it's not about how you fall, but about how you pick yourself up."
A spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals expressed concern about the show, telling the Times, "People who abuse animals don't deserve to be rewarded."
Vick will partner with BET on a project which is being billed as a serious look at his story, from the dogfighting to prison to his current adjustment -- on and off the field -- to his return to freedom and football.