On the Idiot Box: "Tamar & Vince," "Last Tango in Halifax" and "The Heart, She Holler"

By Craig D. Lindsey
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Vince Herbert and wife Tamar Braxton star in "Tamar & Vince."

Tamar & Vince
Thursdays, 9pm, WEtv
Captive audience: Braxton Family Values fans; drama queens; people who’ve always wondered who the black equivalent of Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica would be.
Moment of truth: Is there a more entertainingly ratchet reality-TV star than Tamar Braxton? (What the hell am I talking about? All reality-TV stars are entertainingly ratchet!) Anyway, she and her long-suffering husband/manager Vince Herbert return for the second season of their reality-TV romance. The season opener has them plotting out both the publicity blitz for Tamar’s new album and the impending birth of their baby boy. All the while, Braxton lays on the ghettofied-diva act hilariously thick. As far as televised love stories go, this one at least shows glimmers of amusing fuckery.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phl-emmy.

Last Tango in Halifax
Sundays, 8pm, WHYY
Captive audience: Anglophiles; As Time Goes By fans; people who don’t mind watching old people get frisky.
Moment of truth: You might be surprised at how quickly you’ll get hooked to this six-part BBC dramedy, with veteran thespians Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as widowed senior citizens and former smitten schoolmates who reconnect after 60 years. If you think it’s gonna be an adorable, little love story for the AARP set, think again. Screen time is also given to their equally dysfunctional families, who try to keep up appearances even when things are definitely not looking so rosy. It’s a sweet, witty and sympathetic look at old people in love—and their respectively messed-up kinfolk.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

The Heart, She Holler
Tuesdays, 12:30am, Cartoon Network
Captive audience: Stoners; Wonder Showzen fans; people who just like watching fucked-up shit.
Moment of truth: Who’s ready for another batshit-crazy Adult Swim show to start another season? Well, here we go with the second season of this beyond-insane soap opera spoof from Wonder Showzen creators Vernon Chatman and John Lee, set in a Podunk hamlet that makes Twin Peaks look like Hooterville. Patton Oswalt returns as the town’s numbskull mayor, while Amy Sedaris joins the cast, looking quite at home as she uglies herself up for another white-trash character. The show is definitely less funny ha-ha and more funny what-the-fuck-was-that-about? It still has to be seen to be believed.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phl-emmy.

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1. Anonymous said... on Sep 23, 2014 at 02:47PM

“I think she should sit down for a while. Better yet learn how to become a lady.”

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