If you interest yourself with the lower tier trending topics this week, expect to be unexpected with what draws your attention. You’ll find out what the hell Kate Bosworth has been up to all these years (i.e. since Blue Crush), besides dating Alexander Skargaard and frequenting it-girl style blogs. More interestingly, you’ll find out what Tia and Tamera Mowry have been doing since their career peaked in the nineties. Namely: getting married, getting pregnant. And now, filming the magnificent journey on a reality show.
Nostaglia, as we’ve discussed, is a powerful drug. But is it powerful enough to revive the careers of our beloved Sister, Siters? The Mowrys were endearing–somehow running that fine line between sassy and nerdy (the combination of which two traits seemed to defined ’90s icons as a whole). The question is–do we really want to see people who are reminiscent of a time gone by living normal, modern lives? Or would we prefer to keep watching re-runs of twins decked out in Blossom gear tensions in black communities–namely the ‘you’re doing it wrong/you’re acting too white‘ tension. Call it the “Urkel” imperative. On the coattails of Family Matters and Fresh Prince, shows like Sister, Sister and Smart Guy revived the debate.
In a post-The Wire world, we have no real choice but to revisit the ethos of such shows with good feeling but a sense of cringing naivete.