Monday, November 28, 2011

VH1 Starts The New Year With Mama Drama

You know the type: the mother who just can't accept her age. She flaunts around in miniskirts less conservative than her 20-something daughter's. She looks good (or at least she thinks so) and she wants everyone to know it.

We all know this MILF-type woman exists, but now VH1 is making it public in a new show called Mama Drama. The show, which is set to premiere on January 1st, 2012, places five mother-daughter pairs in a house together. During their stay, the moms have to party with their daughters, and essentially, act the age that they want people to believe they are.

While there might actually be a good lesson in this show (that it's not really a great idea to pretend you're twenty one when you're fifty five), the show isn't about that - it's about the drama. You know the VH1 drama I'm talking about - the hardcore fights were people launch verbal attacks so brutal that even impartial viewers are taken aback. According to executive producer SallyAnn Salsano (who also produced Jersey Shore), the fights are personal, and when people attack each other, it becomes very intense and personal.

The show, which is being called a social experiment of sorts, is sure to be a hot mess. Why would I say that? Well, for starters, VH1's blog markets the show as a 10-episode series packed with drama, conflict, and unpleasant realizations, all without the help of a therapist or guide.

Some critics, like Megan Angelo of, think the show will be even more depraved than Jersey Shore, and others think Mama Drama won't be able to compete with the lighthearted fun that we see between Snooki and the others in Seaside Heights. While critics seem to be skeptical of this show, VH1 is starting their marketing early, so it's sure to capture a large, highly intrigued audience. (It pretty much has to do better than Famous Food, at least!) Plus, with its prime time slot - the night after the New Year's parties when people are hung over and don't want to roll off the couch - the show is sure to at least garner attention for its freshman episode.

My opinion on this show is that it's going to be a hit. VH1 viewers thrive on the whole "how can they live like that?!?" brand of horror and fascination, so this show is sure to please. I can't speak for anyone else, but I've been missing the ridiculous antics that we came to know and love on VH1, like what we saw on Flavor of Love, Rock of Love and The Surreal Life. And while this show is sure to make me hate the world at least a little bit more than I already do, I'll be tuned in. I mean, how can you resist a wannabe MILF being yelled at by a daughter who just wants a mom, not a 30-years-older clone of herself?

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