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Can double acts ever separate successfully?

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Today, Variety reported that Tia and Tamera Mowry will be starring in Double Wedding, a new Lifetime movie about twins who court the same person. It’s casting that makes sense, but I found myself a bit surprised upon the news. After all, isn’t this the same Sister, Sister act that separated when Tamera joined Lifetime series Strong Medicine, and Tia joined the cast of former CW series The Game?

Way back when the C-dubs announced that Tia would star in the network’s sports-centric sitcom, I was optimistic that both actresses might have actually successfully split from their ever-present other halves. And why shouldn’t they have had the opportunity to go solo? They were both beautiful, talented actresses who could easily hold their own without their mirror image beside them. Unfortunately, however, both series only lasted so long, and with today’s news, I fear the Mowry sisters will have to rely on their old act (“We’re twins!”) to secure work in Hollywood.

Naturally, this begs the question: Can double acts ever separate successfully? It’s been done for duos that don’t boast any relation to one another (think: Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, etc.), but when you throw in blood, that’s when things get sticky. Sure, Donny and Marie Osmond have managed to pull it off — if you count hosting QVC and getting down on Dancing With the Stars “pulling it off” — but who can look at Mary-Kate Olsen without thinking of Ashley? And does this mean that The Suite Life of Zack & Cody stars Dylan and Cole Sprouse are screwed before they even get the chance to prove themselves?

What do you think, PopWatchers? Can double acts — particularly twins — ever break apart from their other half? And do you, like me, wish the Mowry sisters would get the solo respect from the industry that they deserve?