The 'relatable' 'Bama Belles' heads to TLC. But do we want to see relatable TV?
TLC is taking its cameras down south to follow a group of women in rural Dothan, Ala. The limited-run reality series, Bama Belles, will start with three one-hour shows with the plan to pick up more if the show’s successful. The southern Belles include a radio personality-real estate developer, an ex-beauty queen, a beautician, an Internet entrepreneur and New York transplant, and an Army reservist. “TLC is taking a real look at the Southern lifestyle of these women in a relatable and fun way,” Nancy Daniels, TLC production/development senior VP, told Variety.
This whole premise begs the following question: Is there anyone they won’t give a reality show to? (Answer: Yes. Me.) And, personally, I’m much more interested in following the lives of people who are completely unrelatable on reality TV. Why else would I tune into Jersey Shore every week? Someone send me some clips, and I’ll gladly give it a chance. But for right now, I’ll stick with Bad Girls Club, The Real Housewives of New York, Sister Wives, or any of the other 15,000 unrelatable reality TV shows on air.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Does Bama Belles, which bows Dec. 5, ring your bell? Or will you be passing on these tales from the heartland?