The CW and TMZ try to revolutionize fame
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Warning: You are now participating in a social experiment, whether you like it or not. Fortunately, this study asks you merely one question: Have you ever heard of the Artiaga family of Beaumont, Calif.?
Chances are you haven’t. But the Artiagas, the CW network and the gossip site TMZ hope to change that with the new reality show Famous in 12–as in, 12 weeks. That’s how long the 11-strong Artiaga clan has to gain renown, as measured by a social-media-tracking “star power meter.” The Artiagas have TMZ’s eye, a place to live in Hollywood and the instant notoriety that comes with cameras following them around.