“Dallas” on TNT

In a world where (quality) scripted TV has gone to Television Heaven and reality TV has reared its ugly head, I am happy to say that there may be hope yet!  Last night was the series premiere of “Dallas” on TNT.  Yes, the show that your mother, grandmother, and aunts used to watch in the late 70’s to early 90’s is back with J.R., Bobby, and Suellen.  And little John Ross and Christopher are all grown up. 

This show was AMAZING last night!!!  I was on the edge of my seat!  “Dallas” is very reminiscent of the original, but it has deceit and cunningness (is that a word???) on a whole new level.  And everyone has an agenda, even the people you least expect.  I love it! 

Now, some may say, “Elle, what’s the difference between this show with lies, sex, and greed and the women on these reality shows?”  Well, I’ll tell you.  First, this tv show is make-believe.  Do families like this exist?  Absolutely.  But this show is fictional, and the people are portraying these characters.   Which leads me to my second point-the people on these shows are actors, which means they have talent.  They’re earning a paycheck for work, not (just) because they want their 15 minutes of fame. 

And “KUDOS!” to TNT for bringing back this show.  TNT is quickly becoming one of my favorite channels.  Not only do they show re-runs of “Charmed”, my favorite show in high school, but they also brought back “Southland” after NBC stupidly dropped it to bring on “Law & Order: LA”, which was quickly cancelled after its premiere.  “Southland” is the bomb-dot-com, so if you missed this past season, you need to take this weekend to watch it On Demand or on Netflix.  It’s another amazingly great show.

So, I implore all of you to start watching this show.  It’s great, it’s awesome, and Jesse Metcalfe and Josh Henderson are HAUTE!!! 🙂  The Ewings are back with a vengeance.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

PS The best shows come on during the summer!  I can’t wait for “Big Brother”!  (Yes, I know it’s reality, but it’s totally different than the RHO…., BBW, and BGC. And I know some of you will challenge me, so let’s have at it. :))

Black Television-The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Earlier today, I was all set to write about the Black sitcom and ask where it went.  But after a lunchtime discussion with my co-workers, I realized I underestimated a few of the shows that have Black stars that are currently on the air.  So, let’s begin this discussion.

The Good

“Hawthorne”- You know, the show starring Jada Pinkett-Smith that comes on TNT has its 3rd season premiere tonight.  I have to admit, I’ve never really watched this show, but I did catch the 2nd season finale when Christina told Tom that she was pregnant. (Yes, I had to look up the character names. #dontjudgeme)  I’ve always been a Jada fan, ever since her days as Lena James on “A Different World”, so I will make a conscious effort to watch the premiere tonight. 

“The Game”- Despite horrible writing for its inaugural season on BET, “The Game” of the CW was a force to be reckoned with.  It was great writing and great acting with believable characters.  The fourth season left a lot to be desired, but hopefully the writers will see the error of their ways and step their game up for season 5.  The great thing about this show is that the fans stuck by the show and followed the characters to their new channel.  We should all touch and agree that “The Game” has a wonderful new season in the fall. 

The Bad

“Braxton Family Values”- You all know I love reality television, but this show is a bit much.  It seems like the only person who has their life halfway in order is baby sister, Tamar, and for her to be spoiled, narcissistic, and bossy, that’s saying a lot.  Yes, Toni may be the more famous of her siblings, but she’s having financial troubles…again.  And after watching this clip of their mother go off on their dad, I see where the girls get their crazy antics from!  Now I know we all like a little messy, but the Braxtons put all of their dis-functionality (is that a word?) out for the world to see. 

Any Tyler Perry sitcom- Now I know I have praised TP on this blog before, but I’ve also stated I don’t like his sitcoms.  They’re awful, but somebody’s watching them.  I don’t think I really need to say too much more.  If you’ve seen one, then you know what I’m talking about.  If you haven’t, you’re not missing much.

The Ugly

“Basketball Wives”- This show is a bunch of ex-wives and girlfriends who are angry, bitter, and ready to fight somebody.  Need I say more?

Did I miss any shows? 

Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!