Reality? sHOs

Are You a Former Urban starlet who’s faded quite distant from the limelight?

Are you a Pseudo celeb looking to extend your 15 minutes that may have come about from a scandal or your involvement with someone slightly more famous than you??

Well apparently Cable television has an offer that you just cannot refuse! The masterminds of TvOne and Viacom have devised a way for you to taste notoriety Just one more time and have people remember you for something other than your last accomplishment a decade ago.

I digress from the sarcasm a bit just because at the later point in my career when there’s some new fresh faces eating up all of the moment, I can only hope that someone thinks enough of me to throw me a show as well.

From Lil Kim to Keyshia Cole, To Fantasia, Monica and Pepa, and even (Dare I say it) Tiffany “New York” Pollard, notice a trend? There appears to be some kind of lifeline being tossed at subjects from this world, particularly female subjects, with colorful enough backgrounds to ensure that they bring Drama enough to generate water cooler talk. This lifeline brings them back to a surface that seems to have eluded them in the more recent years, be it from their actions, or the results of a frivolous public that incessantly looks for the newest, youngest and freshest! This is true for all the aforementioned ladies except Cole, who has yet to lose the grip that she has had on her fan base. This may be due to the unprecedented move of her having a show during the middle of her career as opposed to the norm of people doing them to revive theirs. Even Kirstie Alley needs a vehicle every  few years or so. And she’s Emmy award winning!

Personally, I’m all for these ladies getting more shine and getting more exposure. Some of these women are those who have put in a lot into the game of entertainment and gave us memorable moments, but are overlooked and close to forgotten when it comes to recognition. What Iam against is the aimless, dense premises and super cliche, damn near played out structure and episode patterns and set-ups. Of course these shows are very scripted, not so much in dialogue, but in terms of unfolding and exposition. It makes you wonder how dumb do the programmers at these networks think we are? Or better yet, How dumb are we for actually indulging in the guilty pleasures of staying tuned and peering into other people’s lives who honestly aren’t any more special than us besides the places they’ve been seen or heard. This particular breed definitely embodies that. They are so common that it’s like watching Tiana down the hall have her own show, or your ghetto cousin. Oh yes, that’s a defining factor with all of these uhm….young ladies…whether bourgie or just straight out loud, country or sassy, they are all some variation of Ghetto.

Some of it is like watching a train wreck, but best believe half of us will be faithfully watching to see it all burn down. With upcoming seasons of new shows like Tiny & Toya, Lisa Raye, The Fabled Stacey Dash reality series, and the last milking of Ray J‘s cash cow – where he brings in his sister Brandy and his parents, it seems like the networks are churning these shows out like hot cakes! You can only wonder, who’s next?? Vivica? Toni Braxton? Kelly Rowland?

I’m a Brandy fan, so I’ll definitely be watching that one, But I can guarantee that they’ll be lots of cringe-worthy moments. I also am partial to this Chili series coming up.  In a crazy twist of fate, it would appear that her relationship life coach is a former high school classmate of mine, albeit a loud, Brooklynite, younger former classmate of mine who used to be quite fond of me and a friend of mine. Life is funny. Shout out to High School for Environmental Studies!!

Tell me which ones you’ved enjoyed watching and/or plan on watching. Then afterwards, Go Get your Cousin!