TV Show Reviews
Close to Home" review by Suzanne
Airs Mondays on TLC
If you've ever wondered what a TV show would be like if
Tyler Perry wrote about trash white people, this is the one
you've been waiting for! I wish I could say it's really
good, like "Greenleaf," but it's not. It's like a cross
between "Dallas" and, well....all of the other trashy shows
The focus of the show is in two places: The White House
in Washington, DC, and a small trailer park in Happy,
Alabama. Most of the characters are related to or involved
with three sisters (I don't see or hear any last names). One
of the sisters, Anna, works at the White House. Something
terrible happens and she ends up getting in big trouble.
Another sister, Bonnie, is trying to keep her family
together back in Happy. She has an ill mother, no father, a
no-good-dead-beat boyfriend named J.B., some kids to take
care of, and a junkie sister, Shelby. These people seem
straight out of a country western song.
The acting is pretty good, especially Bonnie (Kelly
Sullivan) and Anna (Danielle Savre). For the women in the
audience, there are plenty of handsome, bare-chested men.
They look like they stepped off the cover of a romance
novel. Obviously the show is aimed at young women, hungry
for romance and drama.
It's very enjoyable trash, and they definitely keep you
guessing as to what might happen next. Everyone has secrets,
and they come out slowly. If you like the soaps, you should
love this show. Just don't expect it to be a really good or
high class soap.
Too Close to Home
tells the story of a young woman from a modest
upbringing who discovers she may have a bright future in
Washington D.C.'s fast-paced political scene.
When Anna (Danielle Savre) leaves her trailer park home
in Alabama in a cloud of dust, she cuts all ties with
her family and buries every element of her checkered
past. Her friends in Washington think she comes from a
wealthy family and know nothing of her real upbringing.
Suddenly, the real Anna is exposed when she causes a
major political scandal and makes national headlines for
her part in an affair with one of the nation's most
powerful players. With nowhere to turn, she's forced to
find sanctuary in the only place she has left - home.
Heather Locklear and Matt Battaglia join the cast as
guest stars. Cast in other leading roles are Brock
O'Hurn, Kelly Sullivan, Brad Benedict and Brooke Anne
Smith. Series regulars include Alpha Trivette, Trisha
Rae Stahl, Robert Craighead, Annie Thrash, and Curran
Walters. Recurring cast members are Ashley Love-Mills,
Nick Ballard, Charles Justo, Christian Ochoa and Justin
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