I’ve never been the kind of person to watch reality shows like this – I don’t have the patience for the stupidity. But I though, if I’m going to watch one, why not watch a show set in my new city? Why not watch one full of ladies I don’t look a lick like or sound a lick like or have a clue about their lives. Why not settle in and enjoy the ride that is to be Nashville wives. What a wonderful way to feel superior about myself, about my life. I planned to sit on the couch and judge. I planned to take notes and recap the whole thing here.
I started yesterday afternoon with a bit of research into the ladies. Here’s a quick recap of the wives as taken from the information on the website. I only used the “pertinent” information listed on the page before the jump. The stuff the network thought would make you want to click and learn more:
Erika Page White - “…At the age of 12, she started taking acting and modeling classes and by the age of 16 stated acting professionally in commercials, industrial films and music videos.”
Sarah Davidson – “…she’s been singing her whole life and writing since the age of 11.” She fell in love with the idea of songwriting after she heard “I Will Always love You” by Dolly Parton.
Ana Margarita Fernandez - “…I am one of four girls, a minute older than my identical twin, Betty. We are considered the babies of the family.”
Cassie Chapman … married to Christian music icon Gary Chapman and they are exploring starting their own family…when others question their 23-year age difference. The Chapman’s are attempting to prove that for all the towns’ songs of heartbreak and woe, their love is enduring.
Betty Malo - … is married to Raul Malo, the lead singer and founding member of the legendary country music band, The Mavericks. She claims, “ You have to be a tough bitch to be married to a musician.”
Jenny Terrell … with her tough-as-nails, straight- shooting, liberal personality and beliefs, this Midwest girl from Pickerington, Ohio, is establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with in Nashville society.
I had GRAND plans to recap the episode and get all snarky and witchy about the women and their lives. I had my judging and sanctimonious smug comments at the ready as I snuggled in to my chair, tea by my side, and laptop at the ready. The show started and…
I had nothing to say.
Erika, the former soap star, looked sad and lost. I understand how it is to be one thing for most of your life, to have your identity tied up in what you do and trying to redefine yourself after losing that or letting it go. I, however, have never looked that good while going through a life revaluation. She did not have a hair out of place or puffy red eyes and there was not one soggy tissue in sight.
Cassie used to be a Hooters girl and has no issues or shame about that. Good for her. She seemed to genuinely like herself, her husband and be totally amused by where she had ended up.
The twin sisters, Ana and Betty, sound like Jennifer Coolidge when they speak. Then there’s the fact that they are a Cuban rhinestone version of Lucy and Ethel, loud and shiny. It makes me love them more than I might have.
Sarah honestly seems like a nice person trying to live her dream. And she doesn’t appear to be unaware that the odds are against her, despite her husband being the big cheese of country music writers.
And Jenny has it all by working hard for it ‘all’ so it’s hard to hate on her for that. I’m sure the show will make us try to but unlike a Kardashian; she’s actually working so, for now, I’ll put my snark away.
These are the women I see out and about each and every day. They aren’t outrageous and delusional about their lives. Well, most of them aren’t. The jury is still out on that one chick. I didn’t hate a single person. I didn’t feel better than anyone in the choices they’ve made in their lives. I question some of their wardrobe choices but that’s a personal choice and not worth my being bitchy about. Yes, they have more money and toys than I do. Yes, they spend WAY more time on their clothes and bling and make-up than I do – but that wouldn’t be hard as I don’t wear make-up or bling or care a whit about my clothing other than making sure the jiggly bits are covered and no one is pointing and staring.
I realize this was the first show and things are sure to get worse “Next week on Private Lives of Nashville Wives...” They have to or people will stop watching. So, I reserve the right to change my mind and get snarky and bitchy about everyone in a future post but for now - I enjoyed it. I enjoyed them. And Nashville looked amazing. Watch it just for that. Watch if for the inside look into the pretty houses and leafy streets and the restaurants and bars. They are all worth a visit –even if it’s only for a few moments on your TV screen.