'Sunset Daze' breaking news: Old people have sex, drink, and shoot guns!
It was big enough news to make the front page of The New York Times, but that just goes to show The Old Grey Lady is easily titillated: Last night’s two premiere episodes of Sunset Daze were — and I say this without condescension — sweet.
In this era of Jersey Shore and Real Housewife idiocy, sweetness probably doesn’t cut it in reality TV, and I wouldn’t claim great cultural achievement for the idea of having a camera crew follow a group of senior citizens in Surprise, Arizona. Still, Sunset Daze has some charming “characters.”
If there’s a more winning new reality-TV personality than former nun Ann, a pretty 61 year-old lady with a pretty Irish brogue who left the convent at age 39 and now sky-dives and smooches her senior-citizen boyfriend, I can’t think of a more likable one.
At least one storyline got some traction last night: Would 68 year-old Sandy — a raucous gal whom we saw meet and fall in love at first sight with Mark, her skeet-shoot instructor — work up the nerve to ask him for a date? In the second episode, she did, and things went swimmingly. When she bade him good night after a quick kiss, closed the door and then leaned on it, weak in the knees from romantic overload, not faulty knee joints, Sunset Daze became a beguiling reality soap opera.
Did any of you watch Sunset Daze?