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Branson Famous episode 4 recap: Small Town Fame

This week’s episode of Branson Famous, “Small Town Fame” starts on a predictable note, with Megan unable to hide her jealousy of Heather. She remarks to Heather that she and Patty are getting along well, and Heather’s comments, “I really, really, like, care for her deeply,” and “we’re just kindred spirits.” Those remarks alarm me .. a bit. Who talks about her boss that way? (Secretaries on Mad Men. That’s it, though. Really.) At any rate, Patty and Heather DO seem to be getting along well (though I don’t feel like their relationship is genuine), and this sets Megan’s jealous […]

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Branson Famous episode 3 recap: Waiting for Maw Maw

Forgive me if this posting isn’t quite as snark-tastic as usual (aside from some shirt references). Tonight’s episode was good, but I just wasn’t feeling it the way I was in the first and second shows. (I have faith for episode 4, though!) This episode starts with Patty and Tim (Mom and Dad) discussing how the first rehearsal was rough, but they have faith that Heather will improve and bring some followers to the show. They’ve decided to hire Heather, but will she make it past Maw Maw (Katie Mabe: Tim’s mother and the owner of the show)? Dunnn, dunnn, dunnnnnnn […]

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Branson Famous episode 2 recap: The New Girl

If the theme of the first episode of Branson Famous was “power struggles,” I’d say the theme for episode 2: The New Girl was “bitterness.” The second episode of the musical reality series begins with Patty breaking the news to Megan that Heather Gentry has been hired onto The Baldknobbers Jamboree. Now, I, a polite Midwestern girl, was raised to believe 2 things: 1) If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all … or just pretend to be nice. (I’m the best at being fake nice. It’s one of my superpowers.) 2) As sweet as we girls […]

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Sequins, Singing & Struggling for Power: Branson Famous Premieres on truTV Monday

At my very first Channel Guide blog meeting, the Editor in Chief, Barb, asked what show I’d like to get my feet wet with. “What kind of shows are you interested in?” Before I could say “Not reality TV —pleasepleasePLEASE not reality TV,” the first episode of Branson Famous landed in my lap. And I was fully prepared to hate it. I am, by no means, a highbrow kind of person — one look at my DVR would tell you that. I just find reality TV to be formulaic, scripted and, well, not grounded anywhere in reality. It is by […]