There are a myriad of ingredients that can make for a successful reality show recipe, and I have to confess I am not always a “healthy eater” when it comes to what I consume. But, when I tune into new episodes of A&E’s Born This Way, I know I am getting my recommended weekly allowance of two of the most important (and most uncommon) ingredients: sincerity and heart. For that reason, Born This Way is our choice for the best new reality show of 2015.
In the first episode of A&E’s docu-series Born This Way, Megan Bomgaars explains that she’s a “very typical 22-year-old girl.” That’s a pretty humble self-evaluation for a young woman who’s a sought after public speaker; a fashion model; a recipient of the 2008 National High School Spirit of Sport Award; an entrepreneur; and the star of a viral video that has helped spread awareness and the message of inclusion to hundreds of thousands of people. See her inspiring “Don’t Limit Me” viral video, and catch a preview for Born This Way, a show that “follows the lives of seven young adults born with Down syndrome as they pursue their passions and lifelong dreams.” The show premieres Tuesday, December 8.
If you’re looking for the House of Cards of old, you’ll have to check back with Season Four. The third batch of episodes is tedious to the point of boredom. Frank’s out of mojo, y’all. Beware: Spoilers ahead.
On Saturday I was treated to a preview screening of the pilot episode of Bravo’s first foray into scripted programming, the hour-long dramedy Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce starring House’s Lisa Edelsteine and Janeane Garofalo which debuts on Bravo on Tuesday, December 2. I really cannot say enough by how great the show is, but I thought I might try with this glowing review.
In 1999 George Jones made the decision to return his focus to the traditional country sound that defined his earlier work and made him a living legend with the album Cold Hard Truth. The result was an instant classic and a must have for any Jones record collection. Take a stroll with us down memory lane as we remember this killer release including Alan Jackson’s unforgettably defiant tribute during the CMA Awards.
A way-too-late review of Another Day/Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis with featured performances by Marcus Mumford, Jack White and The Dave Rawlings Machine.
We’re still more than a week away from the Disney Channel premiere of Girl Meets World, but the pilot episode is actually available for free download on iTunes. After watching it, here are a few thoughts on what fellow Boy Meets World fans should expect…
VH1 served up a big dose of nostalgia last night with CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. The original biopic was produced by the group’s surviving members, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins. Watch the full video and read the reviews.