A pal and I were discussing the popularity of Bravo’s new show, “Blood, Sweat & Heels,” and how despite what seemed like low-to-average promotion, the show became the network’s highest-rated premiere ever. Great news for Bravo and the show’s stars! While the idea of following six career-minded New York City gals is appealing, three of the stars having direct ties to media and thus friends with pens probably helped a bit, too. Former video model-turned real estate broker Melyssa Ford was the most well-known of the show’s six ladies but two of her co-stars seem to have taken the spotlight, at least this week.Why? Well, it’s no secret that Bravo loves drama and it’s been able to stir things up between two of the show’s stars: style expert Daisy Lewellyn and relationship blogger Demetria Lucas. These ladies may have been cool before but now their relationship seems pretty icy. And viewers’ posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are fueling the divide as lines already have been drawn, with people claiming #TeamDaisy or #TeamDemetria. As a Facebook friend posted, “It begins.” Yep, it does. As I explained in yesterday’s post, viewers began to pit Lucas and Lewellyn against each other during a scene where women’s empowerment and cheating were discussed. Along with Thursday’s column, my Q&A with Lewellyn, also published yesterday, sheds some light on the conversation that may have contributed to the rift. I’ve spoken with Lewellyn twice and chatted with Lucas today for an interview that’ll publish Monday about the next episode.
Now, plenty of folks love the show but talking to a few friends and scanning social media sites show that some people feel mislead. Based solely on the premiere episode, they feel that the show is focused more on the ladies’ social life and drama than on their careers. Huh … Well, based off of what Lewellyn and Lucas shared with me, we’ll get to see them at work and how they attempt to balance it all. Regardless of what happens between the ladies, I hope, to use Lucas’ phrasing, the behavior of the women don’t equal a “piss-poor display of womanhood.”
Here’s what else is happening…
“Blood, Sweat & Heels” wasn’t the only show that performed well this week, BET’s “Being Mary Jane,” which stars Gabrielle Union, season premiere debuted with 5 million viewers while OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” earned 2.8 million viewers for its second season premiere. Not bad. “Being Mary Jane” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST while “The Haves and the Have Nots,” which stars Tika Sumpter, airs Tuesday at 9 p.m.EST. OWN’s “Oprah’s Lifeclass” will feature Oprah Winfrey and Iyanla Vanzant discussing the issue of colorism. Ay yi yi … I’ll be tuning in. Learn more about the show along with a new OWN show Vanzant is hosting called “Help Desk” that’s on the way here. “Boardwalk Empire” calls it quits… I just knew it had another two or three years left. Of course, this is going by the historical timeline of events and lifespan of the real-life characters the show’s based on. The main character, the fictional Enoch “Nucky”Thompson is based on Enoch Lewis “Nucky” Johnson, who died in 1968 at the age of 85. You know I had fun opining about last season with the show focusing on Chalky White and its black characters. Ah, c’est la vie! Read more about it here. Amiri Baraka passes … I met Baraka in 1998 when I spent part of the summer in Washington, D.C. with my best friends. I trekked across the Nation’s Capital in sky-high wedges with one of my pals, stopping along the way to pose in front of The White House and grabbing a bite to eat, before catching the famed poet-writer and activist at a bookstore. I was able to grab a photo with him. Learn more about his passing here.
On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand this weekend…
“Girls”: Still catching up on past seasons. The third premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO. [WATCH HERE]
“Blood, Sweat & Heels”: You’ve read my thoughts on the season premiere. Episode two airs Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on Bravo. [WATCH HERE]
The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Jesse Williams and his wife Aryn Drake-Lee welcome a baby girl, Sadie (Congrats!).
NOT: My desire to constantly type “Blood, Sweat & Tears” instead of “Blood, Sweat & Heels” for the new Bravo show (Oy vey!)
HOT: Lupita Nyong’o on the cover of W magazine (This girl’s is the definition of gorge!)
NOT: Colorism. (Need I say more?)
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