LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Dina Lohan took a lot of heat for managing daughter Lindsay Lohan’s rise to stardom and U.S. television viewers now can watch as she shepherds 14-year-old daughter Ali into a show business career.
A new program, “Living Lohan” promises to take audiences inside the suburban New York home of Dina and Ali, starting this summer on E!, the cable TV network said on Tuesday.
The premiere date has yet to be set and the show’s name is still a “working title” but E! said the program will “follow Dina as she works double duty as mom and manager to help Ali try to follow in her big sister’s famous footsteps.”
And those are big -- but not always glamorous -- footsteps.
Lindsay Lohan, 21, began modeling as a child and created a name for herself as an up-and-coming teenage actress in Disney movies such as “The Parent Trap,” “Freaky Friday” and “Mean Girls.”
As she entered her late teens, Lohan undertook more difficult roles and earned critical praise in films such as “A Prairie Home Companion” from legendary director Robert Altman.
But last year, Lohan’s personal life took a tumble as she battled drug and alcohol abuse and was arrested twice by local law enforcement officials.
She wrecked her car in Beverly Hills in May, and two months later was involved in a car chase. In both cases, she possessed a small amount of cocaine. By August, Lohan was in treatment at a rehab facility in Utah. In recent months she has mostly stayed out of Hollywood’s limelight.
Dina Lohan came under criticism for, perhaps, allowing her daughter to live a late-night life of Hollywood club-hopping, and E! acknowledged she has faced “intense scrutiny”
But Lisa Berger, executive vice president of original programming for E!, said Dina Lohan “is an incredibly hard-working, passionate mom that I think our viewers will find both relatable and highly entertaining.”
E! said it had been given unprecedented access to the Lohan family.
Ali, whose real name is Aliana, also began modeling as a child and has some limited acting experience appearing in small roles in movies such as “The Parent Trap.” There are also two Lohan bothers -- Cody, 11, and Michael, 20.