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Single Ladies that are not quite “Living Single”

31 May

I heard about this show about two years ago when a producer I use to intern for mentioned the new project she was working on. She described it as a Sex in the City set in Atlanta featuring black women. Interesting and exciting, huh? Maybe. Then, I didn’t hear about it until the week before its premiere. There could be a blog within itself asking the question why this show wasn’t promoted much, but I don’t want to go off on a tangent.

I write this blog fresh from watching the premiere. I tried to wait, but my laptop sat at my feet calling my name. The feeling from the ending, and throughout the entire show, still lingers. A feeling of … confusion. For some reason, I’m extremely unsure about this show. I really don’t know how I feel about this show just yet. I want to see how it’s going to develop.  But for some reason, I really want to like it!

First, two hours was just too long. It felt more like an under developed movie than a television show premiere. It had its moments, but it became taxing to watch. I kept looking to see how much time was left, and it started after the first 30 minutes of the show. That’s never a good feeling to have. I also almost turned it off about 20 minutes before its end. Hopefully the hour-long episodes won’t be so bad.

Secondly, it was an overload… of everything. I feel drained after watching that show. The pilot was just too much too fast. It was a whole season of drama within one episode. Ask anyone, I love my fair share of drama, so when I say it’s too much, then it’s too much. I think I would have been more interested if I had time to be invested in the characters (and that the key tool in a sitcom). There was so much drama, I was desensitized by the end of the show, and I didn’t care what happened.

With all the drama and the loooooong premiere episode, the resolution became cheesy. I cannot argue that they have some great set ups, but I’m kind of disappointed that so much happened so soon. There was heavy drama within the first two minutes. Why so soon? Reel me in, please! Then reveal. If you give me drama before I care about the character, the drama makes me roll my eyes and say “Get over yourself”. The great thing about a television show is that you have time to play with a lot of things. As much as I want them to keep up the stakes, I’m a little frightened of the drama overload. After all of that, the only reason I want to come back next week is to see how they handle an hour.

I also fee like they drummed the “single ladies” theme into our head. Okay, I get that the show is supposed to be about single ladies. I got that from the title, but do it subtly.  Living Single was about living single, but you weren’t always reminded. As a (newly) single woman, I don’t want to keep being reminded that I’m single. I want to subconsciously connect to the trials and tribulations of the single life.

As much as I want to like this show, it just seems… overdone. I feel like they’re trying to hard, and that’s an extra turn off. There were some good moments and nice story set ups, but it didn’t wow me. And a pilot is supposed to wow me, so I will come back next week. Yes, I may be coming back next week, but I don’t have high hopes. I’m waiting on them to prove to me that I’m wrong. I’m charging the problems up to the too long series premiere. I guess I can equate this feeling to when I watch Love That Girl and Let’s Stay Together watching the next episode hoping it will be good, and both of those shows are womp! I’m ready to support, so I hope there’s something to support.

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2 responses to “Single Ladies that are not quite “Living Single”

  1. primemeridian11

    June 1, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    This show’s premiere could have easily been an entire 12 episodes. I’m so conflicted about it. UGHHHH, I seriously wanted it to work, but any time you cast Lisa “I only wear white” Raye as a character, you run the risk of failing. That was the first mistake. Second, why put a white girl in as a main character at all and why have her sleeping with the black successful mayor. Sex in the City didn’t have black people on it…hardly ever. It seems like black shows always feel the need to diversify more than other shows. Third, what’s up with all the feminine looking pretty boys. Can there be any regular looking guys in the show? Fourth, all the cameos were jolting for me and extremely ill-placed.

    However, even in light of all that (I didn’t even touch the substantive parts of the scrip), I will probably support this show. Partially because I kind of want to see it turn around and partially because I try to support black television that isn’t just straight coonery. I wouldn’t classify the show as coonery; it was just WAYYYYYY overdone. I will be watching to see if it simmers down a little and starts to make sense.

    I think the most upsetting thing is that I KNOW someone could have taken this idea and really did it justice. I hope the directors and writers figure it out.

     
  2. The King's Law

    June 23, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    I watched an episode this weekend… this show should just be called “Old Hoes with Money”…

     

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