Dar­ren Cartwright

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DINA East­wood says her hus­band Clint East­wood is as brave as the tough guys he’s por­trayed in Hol­ly­wood films – such as Dirty Harry – for putting his rep­u­ta­tion on the line in her new re­al­ity tele­vi­sion show.

Mrs East­wood & Com­pany, air­ing in Aus­tralia on pay-TV chan­nel E! En­ter­tain­ment, looks into Dina’s fam­ily life and her man­age­ment of Over­tone, an a capella boy band.

When she ran the idea of a re­al­ity show past Clint, his ini­tial re­ac­tion was ‘‘go for it’’ al­though he has kept his dis­tance dur­ing film­ing and ap­pears only briefly on screen.

‘‘We don’t con­trol what the other does,’’ Dina says.

‘‘There have been scripts that have come through the house that I haven’t loved that he’s done. Like (I said) ‘re­ally you’re go­ing to play a racist, crazy old man ( Gran Torino), why are you do­ing that?’

‘‘This puts his rep­u­ta­tion on the line more than mine. I don’t have one to ruin.’’

Dina says Clint has no time for re­al­ity shows but she is hooked on the con­cept.

Mrs East­wood & Com­pany has been picked up by Bu­nim/ Mur­ray Pro­duc­tions, the same com­pany that pro­duces Keep­ing Up With The Kar­dashi­ans.

It also made Liv­ing Lo­han, fea­tur­ing Lind­say Lo­han’s fam­ily, and The Sim­ple Life, which starred Paris Hil­ton and Ni­cole Richie.

‘‘Don’t even talk to Clint about it, he’s like, ‘What the hell is re­al­ity? Don’t watch it’,’’ Dina says.

The con­cept for the show started soon af­ter the six-mem­ber South African band Over­tone ar­rived in the US to live with the East­woods.

Dina dis­cov­ered the group in 2009 while vis­it­ing Clint on the set of In­vic­tus in South Africa and loved their mu­sic so much she had them per­form for the cast and crew.

Two weeks later they were liv­ing in the East­woods’ Cal­i­for­nian sea­side man­sion.

‘‘Within one day (af­ter they got here) I started shoot­ing ev­ery­thing be­cause they were so much fun,’’ Dina says.

‘‘They had never been to Amer­ica, they had never pumped gasoline be­fore and never seen obese por­tions of food.

‘‘Then one of them crashed Clint’s car and ended up be­ing in an emer­gency room in a hospi­tal. I started shop­ping the show be­cause I wanted the world to see them.’’

The se­ries also fea­tures Clint and Dina’s 15-year-old daugh­ter, Mor­gan East­wood, as well as Francesca East­wood, the 18-year-old daugh­ter of Clint and ac­tress Frances Fisher.

Dina said she and Clint had no is­sues with ex­pos­ing the teenage girls.

‘‘They are liv­ing the dream – be­ing on a re­al­ity show straight on E!, right af­ter Kim Kar­dashian,’’ Dina says.

‘‘They are in heaven.’’

Tuesdays, 9.30pm, E!

Dina East­wood and daugh­ters Francesca and Mor­gan.

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