Friday, November 2, 2012


Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope
 
 
The Two Olivia's and Three Black Women Changing the Landscape of
"Must See TV"
 
For years I steered clear of any series that I had to follow religiously in order to know what was going on. Never watched a minute of  "Dallas", "Beverly Hills 90210", "Lost", "Grey's Anatomy"  no soap operas . . period. Didn't care who killed JR Ewing, and to this day still don't know who did or why.  I was too uninterested to care about following the characters week after week or invest any time to their trials and tribulation. 
 
This also due to work schedules, lack of down time, short attention span, and just plain old non caring about the individual characters to dedicate time to watch.  Now with the advent of DVR and Comcast Xfinity cables "Catch up" function I can keep up, if I miss, the goings on for two of my new fav shows, "Scandal" and "666 Park Avenue".  Both hosting sexy, classy, black leading ladies Kerry Washington in "Scandal" as Olivia Pope, and Vanessa Williams in "666 Park Avenue", as Olivia Doran, the wife of either a demon or Beelzebub itself. 
 
In 666 Park Avenue Olivia and her husband, Gavin Doran, are owners of a high dollar high rise on you guessed it New York's famed Park Avenue. Slight address difference the numbers on the building read 999.  When I first took a gander of the series I went in thinking it would be mindless and mundane.  Much to my surprise it is truly a horror series.  One that allows the viewer to think, very well written with shock scenes enough to make you jump, and scary enough not to watch with the lights off.  As with "Scandal" this series has loads of plot twists.   
 
  Vanessa Williams as Olivia Doran
 
ABC'S Scandal is very fast paced . . and a series you can't discuss while watching, if you do you will miss something important.  Kerry Washington portrays Olivia Pope, high profile "clean up woman" if you will.  Who is a good person helping some good and not so good folks out of consequences of their own foolish actions.  Mistress to a white president of the United States who has a mad as hell pregnant first lady.  The series is produced and written by "Grey's Anatomy" producer Shondra Rhimes a dynamo in her own right. Rhimes was named one of Time magazine's 100 people who help shape the world in 2007. 
 
Shondra Rhimes

I find both series fresh, classy and exciting to watch.  Unpredictable each with a cast ensemble that only compliment the writing like fine wine at a gourmet meal.  


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