I recently found out that Robbie Fulks, the guy who blew out my brains twenty-plus years ago when I caught him on Austin City Limits, was releasing a passion-project, full-cover, vinyl-only release entitled 16 featuring his take on all the songs from my all-time favorite album, Bob Dylan’s Street Legal. I couldn’t believe it. Now that I’ve had the opportunity to lean into it, I still can’t.
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.