The Russians are coming -- to your TV (Barbara Nitke/Lifetime)Lifetime is trying really hard to expand by adding a host of new reality shows, but while "Dance Moms" and "Roseanne's Nuts" are fun shows and "Project Runway" is classy, "Russian Dolls" is neither. It isn't compelling in any way, no matter how many stupid quotes are doled out in the teasers. It's tedious, like "Mob Wives," but without the constant phone calls to jail and the ridiculous feuds. Still, there were ways that this show could have been good, but it missed out, at least in the series premiere.
The show was sitting on a possible gold mine with its introduction of Grandma Pageants. We'd watch the hell out of older ladies learning to belly dance and training for these things. Is there some sort of pageant consultant? Is there a mean lady who screams at them to practice harder? Do elderly ladies have to wear flippers, or are dentures the same thing? How many hair extensions do they have? Do wrinkles help or hinder them when it comes to judging? What do the rules say about fakeRead More »from ‘Russian Dolls’: Do They Fist-Pump in Brighton Beach?