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Atlanta Exes (VH1)

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Meet the newest ex-wives in VH1's 'Atlanta Exes'

Ever since the Hollywood Exes finale, I have been suffering a giant melodrama-shaped hole in my heart. But VH1 understands my sadness and has brought us another installment in the Exes franchise: Atlanta Exes. Not only are these women all my Southern sisters (I’m from Georgia too), but they were all once married to some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment. This show promises high drama and juicy female politics, and I can’t wait to see how the dynamics shake out in a group with this many strong personalities.

I thought it would be great idea for us to get to know them a little before Monday’s season 1 premiere. Introducing (in no particular order) the ladies of Atlanta Exes:

Tameka Redmond (previously married to Usher): Tameka seems pretty down-to-Earth, and she claims the rest of the ladies are as chill as she is. We’ll just have to see about that instead of just taking her word for it. (This isn’t my first experience with reality TV.) She is super-assertive and doesn’t seem the type to mince words; for instance, now that she’s dating, she will admit that Usher’s shoes are hard to fill, but she’s broken it off with more than one man for mentioning her ex’s name one too many times.

Torrei Hart (previously married to Kevin Hart): Torrei remembers meeting Kevin when they were in college, and she encouraged him to pursue a comedy career even back then. She had chicken wings and Sprite on their first date, and put her career on hold to support him throughout his ambitious rise.  She called that time in their lives “fun and exciting,” but I think she might have more to add to that story (*fingers crossed*).

Monyetta Shaw (Ne-Yo’s former fiancée and baby’s mother): Monyetta is from Shreveport, Louisiana, where she met Ne-Yo at a Jamie Foxx show. She remembers having to “share him with the world,” which is a common theme among these women. She says that Atlanta Exes won’t be like other housewife shows, and we won’t see any table-flipping here. I desperately hope that’s not true.

Christina Johnson (previously married to CeeLo Green): Christina remembers exactly what CeeLo was wearing on their first date, taco meat and all, although there is an ongoing feud about whether his shoes were white or bone. I get the feeling that that was the least of their worries. Christina characterizes her castmates as “strong, powerful women” who will be relatable to audiences. I can see that, if the audience members were all once married to mega-millionaires.

Sheree Thompson (previously married to Ray Buchanan): Sheree went from being a poor college student to the wife of an NFL draft pick almost overnight. She remembers the spoils of being rich, but she also recalls everyone wanting a piece of what she had. She is now back to being the breadwinner for her family and might not be so happy about it.

Let’s make some predictions. Who’s gonna provide the most drama? Who’s gonna be sipping the most tea? Who is still the most in love with her ex? Let’s get ready for Monday’s premiere right now!

Atlanta Exes premieres Monday, August 18, at 9/8C on VH1.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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