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Two TV Premieres To Bank On Tonight

The end of this week’s hump day is near, and while you may be anticipating the start to a new weekend, keep in mind that there are TWO new shows airing tonight that you should not overlook. For horror lovers like myself, the newest installment of “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, premieres on FX. Just in time for the Halloween season, I can’t wait to see Jessica Lange continue being the BOSS that she is, along with the usual repertory players that Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk love to gift with a new character each season.  I hope that this won’t be a flop for me like AHS: Coven was (I just couldn’t sit through the whole season like I did with AHS: Asylum!).

 

The other show that I have my eye on tonight is….”Hollywood Divas“. Before you swiftly judge me, hear me out. With all of the talk in recent years of how Black actresses deserve much better in Hollywood and beyond, I am very curious to see a group of those who I practically have grown up watching on the screen, talk candidly about Hollywood and their experiences. Not bereft of talent, I am DOWN for seeing Paula Jai Parker, Elise Neal, Countess Vaughn, and Golden Brooks create their own project for public consumption, while we also get an idea about what their lives have been like since we’ve last saw them consistently on the small/big screens. I am not familiar with the last Hollywood Diva, Lisa Wu, but soon I will be. Being homeless in Hollywood is real, but so is having a great comeback.

 

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Your New Reality Show Obsession: “Nail’d It”

I feel as though I have been waiting for this show to premiere for YEARS! Glad to see that this is really happening. With “Project Runway” continuing its domination in the DIY fashion reality TV arena and now it’s time to usher in an era of DIY beauty reality competition programming. If Sharmadean Reid doesn’t make an appearance on this first season of “Nail’d It“, I pray that she is placed into consideration for Season 2!

 

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Made In Chelsea Season 7 Premieres Tonight!

I binged on most of Season 6 last month, so consider me chuffed to bits knowing that Season 7 of Made in Chelsea has premiered TONIGHT! Reviews of the first episode have already been posted and while I’m so very tempted to read them, I won’t spoil myself. I’ll revel in others’ opinions after I’ve viewed the start to the new season before the week is through.

 

Let me also just add that Lucy Watson went from being villain number 1 to one of my favorite cast members and Spencer went from being one of my favorite cast members to being villain number 1. Will my thoughts on these two change during the new season? I can’t wait to find out!

 

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About Last Night: ‘Girls’ and ‘Watch What Happens Live’

If you are a TV groupie, Sunday night is YOUR night. There’s so much on that only a DVR can handle and then you have some hard decisions to make. Revenge or The Good Wife? True Detective, KUWTK, or The Walking Dead? Girls live or Girls later? In my world, I could only make live time room for Blood Sweat & Heels, Girls, and Watch What Happens Live, which I NEVER watch, live or not. But I had to see what could transpire between Mica, Demetria, and Geneva. I, for one, couldn’t even believe that all three ladies agreed to be on Andy Cohen’s show in one room together, but alas, it never happened! Melyssa Ford replaced Mica and while I was anything but chuffed, I soon found myself liking Melyssa a lot. She handled all her questions with grace and appeared fun and relatable. Mission accomplished.

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Demetria Lucas, Melyssa Ford, and Geneva S. Thomas

However, Girls was the TV chicken dinner winner for me last night. It was the best episode of this year’s third season so far, trumped all episodes of the second season, and reminded me why I fell in love with the first season, and the show overall. It was perfect from beginning to end. Director Jesse Peretz has an unquestionable grasp on the tone of the show, particularly this episode. The opening scenes amidst music that sounded as though it were lifted from the Downton Abbey soundtrack were so well done. When the camera zoomed out from Marnie’s face to show the towering North Fork castle her and the rest of the girls would soon reside in for their healing weekend, my heart fluttered in admiration.

Hannah and Elijah, your back and forth banter has been missed (Photo Credit: HBO)

Hannah and Elijah, your back and forth banter has been missed (Photo Credit: HBO)

I laughed, paused, laughed some more, gasped some more, and rewound during moments just so I could laugh again. Elijah’s presence has been immensely missed and seeing Danny Strong as his caustic boyfriend made me miss his character Jonathan from Buffy. But the true highlight of the episode was the explosive fight between all of the main girls from Girls. Even though Shoshanna exhibited a mean streak that I had never seen from her until this moment, I was rooting for her still. It’s about time she let Marnie, Hannah, and Jessa know her true feelings. All of their pent-up frustrations about one another were exposed and it was both refreshing and disturbing to watch. But who would have thought that Shoshanna lay herself bare in her vicious verbage onslaught and, yet, come out the hero? Maybe it was the alcohol talking.

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Shoshanna’s about to go in!
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Then there was Marnie who was getting on my nerves all episode. I wanted Hannah to go off on her. Even though Hannah is aloof and presumptuous, she is nowhere as fearful of life as Marnie. It was clear that they still had issues left unresolved and that this fight wasn’t about all four girls, but how far Marnie and Hannah have drifted apart since college. But unlike their epic bathroom/living room fight in Season One, this spat cut closer to the bone. I’m sure that it left more than a few viewers thinking about the close friends they once had and the ones they doubt on an on-off basis.   

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Marnie….take a chill pill

Then there was Jessa who was smiley, unreserved without being sarcastic, and mostly quiet except for the occasional bon mots. She was a joy to watch in this episode of Girls, even when she kept mostly quiet during THE verbal fracas (so far) of the season. She was sober and did more observing than speaking up. I like this Jessa. I want to see more of this Jessa.

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Jessa’s (right) changing…?

So, what are the top five things I’ve learned from last night’s episode of Dunham and crew’s Girls?  

 

Friends grow apart, but sometimes they c0me back together again    

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(Photo Credit: HBO/Mark Schafer)

Duck is best served in a portion bigger than one’s palm  

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Choreographed dancing is delightful- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwvhpH1IijI

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The North Fork Fizz is a real alcoholic beverage that you can make for yourself– North Fork Fizz Recipe

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Don’t go grocery shopping wearing only a bikini    

(Photo Credit: HBO)

(Photo Credit: HBO)

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The Wrath of “Blood, Sweat &Heels”

When I first saw promos for one of the newest Bravo reality shows, Blood, Sweat & Heels I became excited and immediately thought about the now defunct VH1 reality show, The Gossip Game. Like BS&H, The Gossip Game displayed women striving to make a name for themselves in their careers (except for Kimberly Osorio, Editor-in-Chief of The Source magazine, who is currently at the top of her game). Unfortunately like The Gossip Game, Blood, Sweat & Heels is fast becoming just like its Bravo and VH1 reality predecessors complete with catty behavior, backbiting and mean girl tendencies from grown women. Can there be one reality show where a group of Black women can refrain from the nastiness that was seen on yesterday’s episode?

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Geneva S. Thomas (l) and Mica Hughes (r) of Bravo’s “Blood, Sweat And Heels”

I understand that reality shows are not, in fact, real. They are edited and manipulated by what producers want and what the personalities are willing to exude. But which is worse: for producers to encourage shifty, shady behavior on all, if not the majority, of reality shows starring Black females or for those participating onscreen to sign on the dotted line and collect payment in exchange for unsavory conduct?

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Kimbella and Erica Mena from Love and Hip Hop: Season 2

Kimbella and Erica Mena from “Love and Hip Hop: Season 2”

The above pictures alone underline a big reason as to why I don’t watch TV shows like Real Housewives of Atlanta (even though I highly appreciate the delightful Nene Leakes), the many incarnations of Love & Hip Hop, and possibly now, Blood, Sweat & Heels. They may be entertaining but speaking from experience, I have had to defend myself (and I prefer doing this via hard work) against people who automatically assume I’m a character. Not the shucking and jiving type, but the hair-pulling, neck rolling type.

Of course, we don’t know these women and we don’t know their whole life stories. Yet, in the stories that they are helping to craft to a large audience to be immortalized forever, my children’s children are going to wonder how we got from Dorothy Dandridge to a fair amount today’s Black women on reality television and where it all went amiss.