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Once Upon a Time (2011)
This show is so good!
First of all, it's just wonderful to watch a show that doesn't have CSI in the title that involves actual acting. Secondly, I didn't think this show was going to be good at all, but caught up on all the episodes on HULU and now I'm absolutely hooked. Even though I adore Ginnifer Goodwin, I didn't see how she would play a fairy tale character, and that's not an insult, I just couldn't envision that. I can't wait for a new episode to air! With everyone always trying to remake fairy tales in their own way, this is the best one I've seen so far.
With everything always focusing on the supernatural in some way now, this show coming along didn't surprise me, but it's definitely refreshing. I thought there was no way it would be good since there would be restrictions since it's playing on regular TV and not something like HBO or Showtime, but I like it just the way it is. This goes to prove that there's room in my heart for two supernatural shows: True Blood and Once Upon a Time.
Braxton Family Values (2011)
The Value of Watching the Braxtons
I've just watched the first show of this season and I'm already hooked. This reality show is a breath of fresh air from most of the other African American reality shows out there right now and of the past. This is more like the black version of The Kardashians if you will. All the sisters are gorgeous, you have their supportive mother right there, and of course no reality show is complete without all the drama. We already know a lot of their background history since these are actually women who are talented and the public go to know through them through magazine, television and radio interviews when they were promoting their albums years before. Toni Braxton, a multi Grammy nominee and award winner, is the most known of the bunch after coming out in the early nineties, and has since gone on to marry and divorce, have two children, raises awareness for heart disease and autism and still performs today at 43 years old. A couple of her other sisters also have children and during the first episode we see their mother taking care of them while the sisters all go off to do a music concert in another city. Family is first in this television drama and they completely break away from the negative stereotypical images the women in the black community since Fantasia For Real, Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, and Tiny & Toya have aired which all respectively depicted women as either trying to keep up with the Joneses mentality, extramarital affairs, blatant proud ignorance, and possible hardcore drug use and arrests (when you don't think about your children before handling narcotics in a car with your ex convict husband, that shows how bad your judgment is). They may come off as bourgeois and a tad spoiled at certain moments, but they also come off as genuine whether it's one bickering that the older sister didn't stay up for their pajama party, or the youngest whining about her record deal to her husband, or it's when they go to their mother's house to pick up their children and their hugging and kissing one another and jumping around and laughing with their kids on their way out the door. I love this show already and their clothes, hair and makeup are to die for! Definitely tuning in to watch next week! I can't wait!