The new MTV
reality series “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club
” is an accidental success — not its star’s first, but perhaps her most interestingly far in impact from what seemed to be its mission. As an in-good-faith attempt to craft a compelling reality franchise about the secret lives of service industry employees working for Lindsay Lohan
at her Mykonos nightclub, it falls flat. But as a psychological portrait of the paparazzi magnet-turned-aspiring hospitality magnate Lohan, it’s juicily riveting, all the more so because Lohan so assiduously strives to reveal little of herself. The more Lohan attempts to stay above the drama that the show is built around, the more she reveals a sort of star power turned toxic, a gift at keeping us watching even as we wince.
The series cribs heavily from the playbook of Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules
,” a series whose title star, the restaurant owner Lisa Vanderpump