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"Still the King" review by Suzanne 7/12/16
Sundays at 9/8 on CMT

I didn't think I would like this show, but it's pretty entertaining.    Country singer and reality show actor Billy Ray Cyrus stars as a washed-up singer and Elvis imitator, Burnin' Vernon, who parties hard and goes to jail. When he gets out, he finds out that he has a 15-year-old daughter that he never knew about. Also, he has to do community service in the small Tennessee town where she lives.  He goes to do his community service and takes advantage of the blind minister who is waiting for a new minister to come help him out. Vernon poses as the minister (just like the character on TVLAND's "Impastor", but not gay) and gets a friend from jail to help him out with his ruse. He's happy to get paid and a place to live while he tries to work things out with his daughter.

Some of the show is cringe-worthy, but Vernon's BS attitude is endearing and fun. I didn't know Cyrus could really act, and he does a great job here as the big-mouthed jerk who tries to win everyone over and get his own way.  He's supported by a good company of experienced actors as well, including Joey Lauren Adams as Debbie, his daughter's mom; Leslie David Baker as Curtis, the blind minister; and Madison Iseman, who plays his daughter Charlotte (She's also on "The Real O'Neals" on ABC).

I'm not saying it's the best comedy I've ever seen, but it's a lot of fun. You want to keep watching to see how Vernon does. Does he get his way? Does he grow as a human being? Does he get back together with Debbie? Only watch if you can stand the people in the show because these are very broad characters, especially Vernon.

I'm sorry this review is so late. The show started June 12, but I was in the middle of moving, so I'm trying to catch up. 


Still The King features Billy Ray Cyrus as Vernon Brownmule, aka "Burnin' Vernon," a scandal-ridden, washed-up, one-hit-wonder who was kicked out of country music, only to emerge 20 years later as the second best Elvis impersonator around. After crashing into an old country church sign during a drunken bender, he is arrested and sentenced to return and serve as the church's handyman as part of his parole. Along the way, he pretends to be the congregation's new minister and reconnects with a former one-night-stand (Joey Lauren Adams), when he learns he has a 15-year-old daughter (Madison Iseman) he's never met.

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