It’s been a year since my mom started using emojis and I actually think I enjoy talking to her more because of it. Silly, right? I’m not sure if I should feel bad because I occasionally really depend on those little buggers to visually explain how I feel, or just happy that I can always depend on an emoji bouquet of flowers (or unicorn) from mom when I’m feeling low. But there’s something else that has me and mother dearest talking on the regular right now – it’s a TV show that we both watch, which is a first for us. VH1’s Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party has a variety of people buzzing…pun intended.
The show’s producer, SallyAnn Salsano, told Adweek that “I watch a ton of food shows, and I love pop culture…I wanted to make the next version of those. So, I met with Chris McCarthy to figure out how to do this in a different way.” I think it’s safe to say that Salsano and VH1’s McCarthy both succeeded on their mission. This show is SO damn watchable.
The new series satisfies America’s cravings for food, competition, uncensored entertainment and celebrity culture, while also managing to appeal to just about everyone. Pardon my kumbaya moment, but the bridge of unity made by this unconventional duo may be just what this country needs right now. It blends different cultures, interest groups, age groups and what else am I missing?
There’s not a lot of viewership research online yet, but based on my personal experience and conversations I can tell you that this TV show also has an opportunity to end the battle over the remote between baby boomers and their children. Now, I completely realize that most baby boomers and their children do not live in the same household any longer, but the point is that this show has viewership legs…and I now have a common interest with my mom, which is a rare gift from the universe.
My mom, who’s been a fan of Stewart’s domestic kingdom for years, thinks it’s “cute” when Snoop Dogg compliments Stewart on how she rolls the dough balls. She also enjoys how Stewart carries herself in what may seem to be “unusual circumstances” for a 75-year-old woman who’s been traditionally viewed as the queen of wasp-y.
And as for me…well, I can’t get enough. Who doesn’t want to learn how to cook lobster with vodka while watching Rick Ross pour all over Martha Stewart? I mean, he even brought her a gold chain cheese grater! Meanwhile, 2 Chainz is carving a turkey and Snoop is making guests like Seth Rogen laugh their face off (as if Rogen’s laugh wasn’t enough entertainment on its own).
In conclusion, I can honestly say that this is the only show I currently tune in live for, and the best part is that my mom does too. Watching Martha & Snoop and texting my mom about it (crying laughter emojis included) is now one of life’s little precious moments for me. It was renewed for a second season after just two episodes and I can hardly wait to see what they’ve got on the menu.
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