Reality television blossomed after “Survivor” debuted in 2000 and has expanded into dozens of sub genres. Music shows. Paranormal activities. Auctions and pawn shops. Weddings.a
Three new shows debut Tuesday follow particular archetypes – all with metro Atlanta ties and all targeting women.
Let’s break them down:
“The Sisterhood”9 p.m. Tuesday TLC
Descriptive style: Bring ladies with strong personalities together and let the fur fly!
A gentler cousin to: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” “Mob Wives.” “Basketball Wives.”
What makes this one special: The focus is on five diverse metro Atlanta women who are preacher’s wives. As a result, the women say they are held to higher standards. This means no cursing and physical violence, as seen on other shows, but they do get into verbal fisticuffs. Early standout is Tara Y. Lewis, whom another cast member dubs “bananas.”
Quotes: “People expect me to have it all together. I should never struggle. I should never go through anything. It’s the complete opposite. We are ordinary women with ordinary problems.” – cast member Christina Murray
“The only thing we agree on is we all love God. Everything else is up for chance.” –another cast member Domonique Scott
“Totally T-Boz” 8 p.m. Tuesday TLC
Descriptive style: Follow a celebrity to show that he or she is just like you and me – or not.
Daughter to: “Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels.” “Run’s House.” “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is.”
What makes this one special: Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins was part of one of the biggest girl groups of the 1990s: Atlanta’s TLC. But after key member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died in 2002, T-Boz suffered a divorce and debilitating effects of sickle-cell anemia as her career foundered. In 2007, a life-threatening brain tumor in 2007 stripped her of her speech, her sight, her hearing and her balance. But she recovered and moved to Los Angeles, hoping to get back into the music business.
Quote: “This is my story as I work to rebuild my life, my career and being the best mommy I can be for my daughter Chase. I’m not alone. I brought some crazy family and friends along to get myself together because I really need that help.” – T-Boz
“Double Divas” 10:31 p.m. Tuesday sneak preview Lifetime (regular time will be 10 p.m. at January 10)
Descriptive style: Hone in on an interesting small business with memorable business owners.
Evokes: “Pawn Stars.” “Duck Dynasty.” “Say Yes to the Dress.” “Cake Boss.”
What makes this one special: Georgia natives Molly Hopkins and Cynthia Richards run Kennesaw’s LiviRae Lingerie, fanatically focused on ensuring women wear the right bra. Molly is prone to critiquing women, even strangers, if their bras don’t fit correctly. Cynthia is the mad inventor, coming up with ideas such as a marketable bra for men. They’re sassy and dripping with Southern honey.
Quote: “I honestly believe I have probably seen more boobs than Hugh Hefner.” – Hopkins.