Every so often, there's happy news in the reality-show field. The decision to postpone Michael Sam's documentary series certainly qualifies.
The openly gay Sam has one priority: Succeed in the National Football League with the St. Louis Rams. He does not need the distraction of a TV show.
Even when a series succeeds in the ratings, the program can make the stars look foolish. Consider all those Kardashians. Or Paris Hilton.
Sam is new to the national spotlight; he doesn't need reality-show headaches. So OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, has put off the series.
Cameron Weiss, Sam's agent, cited a meeting with the Rams. "We collectively feel it is best to postpone the project," Weiss said in a statement. "This will allow for Michael to have a total focus on football and will ensure no distractions to his teammates. Everybody involved remains committed to this project and understands its historical importance as well as its positive message."
But there were no word when that project might happen. OWN was on the same wavelength as Weiss.
"After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, 'The Untitled Michael Sam Project' has been postponed, allowing Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team," Erik Logan, president of OWN, said in a statement. "OWN is about elevating and empowering people to achieve their best. It's clear that we, along with the world, recognize the important opportunity that Michael now has in this moment. We will continue to support him in his journey to earn a spot playing for the Rams."
Usually, elevating and empowering people means not giving them a reality show. Hooray.