PARNEVIKS DRIVE RATINGS
A former PGA Tour star finds bigger fame in reality TV
A PGA Tour star finds bigger fame in reality TV.
Jesper Parnevik has pulled his three oldest children from the dinner table and is calmly reprimanding them while his wife, Mia, and the family’s guests continue to discuss travel dilemmas over plates of pasta. Moments earlier, Peg, 20; Penny, 18; and Philippa, 16, were taking sel es and ignoring Dad’s request to put the phones away. And even though Jesper looks entirely absurd disciplining his squad while wearing a squirrel suit – it’s Halloween, which means the Parneviks are in costumes – the verdict is rm: They’re all grounded.
Scenes like this have turned this tight-knit brood of six (son Phoenix, 14, rounds out the clan) into Sweden’s favourite new celebrities. Their squabbles and make-up sessions play out on a reality show called “The Parneviks,” which debuted on Swedish television in 2015 and is
lmed at the former PGA Tour star’s home in Jupiter, Florida.
Each week, with zero scripting, the family welcomes two to six new Swedish celebrities from varying walks of life to their 1 700-squaremetre beachfront compound. Recording artists and politicians mix with fashion bloggers, royalty and athletes, and at the centre of all hilarity is the eccentric but loving host family.
“I guess you could call it a combination of ‘The Osbournes,’ ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Feherty,’ ” says Jesper, who’s still dumbfounded by the way the show has catapulted his family to Kardashian-like levels of stardom in his native land. The golfer thought he knew fame – he won ve times on the PGA Tour from 1998-2001, and his father, Bosse, is Sweden’s most-worshiped comedian. “It’s to the level now where little girls in