Little Women: Atlanta: Monie Gets Married (Lifetime)

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Little Women: Atlanta: Monie Gets Married (Lifetime) – Premieres 7th June

Reality gubbins that’s a spinoff of a spinoff, where Monie from Little Women: Atlanta is the centre of attention. After originally agreeing to marry her boyfriend and then calling it off after high maintenance arguments and losing the engagement ring, ends up proposing to her fella and for him to accept.

The show follows the volatile two has they try to arrange their big day, where Monie and the rest of the Little Women lot have a couple of minor disagreements, and find out her wedding is the same weekend as her cousin.

It;s all the usual low grade reality rubbish that you’d expect and makes Ben and Lauren Happily Ever After? look positively high brow.

1.0/10

Married At First Sight: Second Chances (Lifetime)

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Married At First Sight: Second Chances (Lifetime) – Premieres 27th April

A dating show where after entering failed marriages that relationship experts set up for them, two former Married At First Sight participants take part in a version of The Bachelor/The Bachelorette.

Before the programme enters a the normal dating show setup, the two  participant go through an X-Factor style open call speed dating start meeting everyone that’s signed up with two of their friends/relatives, where they invite 50 of them to the next round.

In the next round they spend a day with the 50 people, where along with their two friends chatting to the select few, they get to spend time with them. At the end of that mass date the 50 have to be culled to 25, where after the show goes into the normal dating show premise.

For a dating show there’s nothing really new in play, apart from the contestants are seemingly adamant that they have to marry the finalist. It’s not worth the watch.

1.3/10

Bringing Up Ballers (Lifetime)

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Bringing Up Ballers (Lifetime) – Premieres 1st March

Reality gubbins which follows five mothers of teenage basketball players as they try to get the best for their kids, in way of training and what schools are interested in them, as they approach moving onto College in the hope they’ll do well and become NBA players.

After briefly talking about their offspring it leaps into the standard reality show deal where along with the talking head interviews which descends into them criticising each other, their kids coaches and whatever else there is to whinge about. They also get to meet up where they passively aggressively chat to each other, attend basketball games where they become caricatures of pushy parents and generally come across as hideous people.

It’s just like the rubbish The Real Housewives type shows but is tenuously linked to basketball. Avoid.

0.8/10

The Pop Game (Lifetime)

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The Pop Game (Lifetime) – Premieres 21st February

A talent competition that’s a spinoff from The Rap Game, in this iteration the famed record producer Timbaland has selected 5 teenagers who are popular on Youtube to go head-to-head over 10 weeks, where the winner has the chance of getting a record deal.

In each ep the 5 kids are put through a couple of challenges set by Timbaland to show off their versatility and to see what their limits are. Each round is then judge by Timbaland and a celebrity judge where by the end of the episode the five a placed on a leaderboard, where the top three are given a pat on the back, and the bottom two are told to buck their ideas up. All of which doesn’t really seem to have any immediate effect on the competition.

As it’s a straight copy of The Rap Game it offers nothing new except the genre of music being performed, and the competition itself is pretty mundane.

1.8/10

Vivica’s Black Magic (Lifetime)

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Vivica’s Black Magic (Lifetime) – Premieres 4th January – Cancelled

Reality show following fashion designer Vivica Fox as she puts together a group of male strippers to produce the first “Urban Exotic Male Review”, in other words, a strip night. As well as her plan to put it together on her budget of 300k, Vivica plans on it being such a hit she has eye on taking it to Vegas.

Like other shows such as L.A. Clippers Dance Squad, where a troupe of dancers are put together there’s the obligatory audition section where the main fellas who are picked reveal their stage names of Penetration, White Chocolatet, Profit The Problem and the like, while explaining how they going into the stripper business.

After the group the out of town chaps are put in a house which also doubles as their rehearsal space, where they are given a week to learn a new routine before the big night. Vivica also hired a known choreographer to work on the routine, but he scarpers after two days leave the chaps to work on it themselves. It finishes off with the them in the venue doing their new routine while the baying group of women holla and chuck dollar bills at them.

All-in-all, it’s a very boring reality show about a strip night.

1.0/10

Knocked Up (Lifetime)

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Knocked Up (Lifetime) – Starts 6th December

Along the same lines as 30 Something Grandma, Knocked Up follows a pregnant single woman as she makes plans on live becoming a single mother. It covers the back story on how the relationship with the babies father broke down, going through to how they are adapting their life to before the baby arrives.

The show is an adult take on the 16 and Pregnant type shows.

1.8/10

30 Something Grandma (Lifetime)

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30 Something Grandma (Lifetime) – Starts 15th November

Docu-series the follows a 30 something mother finding out that their teenage daughter is pregnant and about to follow the same path as they have already been down.

In it the show follows both the mother and daughter as they go through the pregnancy and for a while after the birth, as they come to grips with the extra financial demands, fitting in schoolwork, finding out if the father will be involved with the kid and the like.

It’s a mother centric version of the 16 and Pregnant type shows.

1.7/10