Friday, April 14, 2017

Hollywood Darlings Series Premiere: Recap and Review

The Pop Network has decided that we need a 90s flashback, so they gave us a new show: Hollywood Darlings. It stars:

Christine Lakin from Step by Step
Jodie Sweetin from Full House
Beverley Mitchell from 7th Heaven

These real life friends spend the episode talking about their lives and performing in very scripted situations.

Here's a recap of Hollywood Darlings:

The show opened with the trio playing Marry, Sleep With or Kill. You know, the game where you name three people and decide what you'd theoretically do with each. Then, the pair talked about how it's hard to be a mom (true) and their lack of pedicures.

Jodie met with Andrea Barber and discussed that Andrea's character is listed on Urban Dictionary. Then, Andrea notes that she's teaching a kids acting class - and SURPRISE - she's unable to teach this week, so Jodie's got to step in.

Christine and Beverly headed to a spiritual center. They thought it would be a spa (somehow) but it turns out to be a spiritual massage place. And again - SURPRISE - Andrew Keegan owns the place. Then, the show plugged all of Andrew's accomplishments and dating history.

Jodie went to teach the acting class, but the kids challenged her with super scripted lines, insulting the fact that she began her career in a commercial and saying instead of learning, they can post on Instagram. They later asked Jodie for business advice, and a lot of things were bleeped out, giving us the impression that she said a bunch of highly inappropriate things.

At the spiritual center, Beverley fell asleep while Christine did some kind of dance to increase her sexuality. Then Andrew gave Beverley a snack which was supposed to represent orgasmic eating. Beverley ate, and Andrew said she seemed like she was faking it. He showed her how to do it correctly, and that led to a very over the top scene.

So...yeah...that all happened.

Here's my review:

Well, that was interesting! This show follows the format featured in VH1's Barely Famous and Candidly Nicole. The thing is, it was so overly scripted that it goes beyond the fake reality to just about completely scripted, along with a few remotely truthful conversations.

If you're looking to see a bunch of your favorite 90s stars come together, this show is right up your alley. It's very silly, mindless and strange. But if you're looking for reality or depth, don't tune in.

Want a second opinion? Yahoo TV's review had this to say:

The Pop press release says, “In this improvised comedy, the three actresses play exaggerated versions of themselves in their current Hollywood lives.” Yeah, sure: This show is about as improvised as a Catholic mass. Sweetin told The New York Daily News, “We wanted people to realize this is not our real life, it’s not reality. We wanted it to be very fun, ridiculous, over-the-top-silly. We wanted it to have the feel of a sitcom.” If this is a sitcom, it’s one that makes Step By Step look like Orange Is The New Black. Strained and poorly performed, Hollywood Darlings can’t make nostalgia seem like a fun idea. After sitting through this, I’m telling my editor I’m taking the afternoon off for a nice little nap.
 Looks like Hollywood Darlings will only be a hit for those who want nostalgia, even if it comes with a side of contrived situations and forced cameos.

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