I happened upon the new OWN Network reality show "Welcome to Sweetie Pies" accidentally. One of my new "friends" on the social media site Get Glue checked in to say that she was watching the show. I decided to watch it but I was skeptical.
No, I wasn't turned off because it was a reality TV show. I am into reality; or to clarify, I am into the "Housewives."
"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" was my gateway show. The first episode that I ever saw was Teresa Giudice's infamous table flipping moment. As I watched Caroline Manzo, Danielle Staub and Dina Manzo in the fray at The Brownstone I wondered, who are these people? By the next week I knew. These people were unfortunately my new TV family and there was no escaping them.
Next I allowed myself to be sucked into "The Real Housewives of New York" and "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." I was hooked. I felt no shame as I fed the monster with "The Real Housewives of Orange County." I even watched the first and only seasons of the franchise stinkers, "The Real Housewives of DC" and "The Real Housewives of Miami." By the time the sweetest visual elixir of them all, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" rolled around, there was no turning back. I was glued in faster than Kim Zolciak could sing "Tardy for the Party."
"Welcome to Sweetie Pies" is the anti-"Housewives." It's on OWN so there are no christening brawls or table flippers expected. Instead we are watching a real everyday family as they pursue their hopes and dreams. the docu-series stars "Miss" Robbie Montgommery, a former singer in Ike Turner's Ikettes.
Sweetie Pies is Miss Robbie's business managed by her incredibly handsome son, Charles. His wife is the equally captivating Jenae, who has just given birth to a sweet little premature baby. I bawled last episode like a newborn babe.
This St. Louis, Missouri family is just like ours. We like and cry with them. We desperately want them to succeed. When they triumph over their foibles we all believe that we can as well.
OWN has created a reality show that flies above the riff raff. They have done the impossible. "Jersey Shore" fans need not apply. Or maybe, just maybe, this is who should be watching most.
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