Many fans of the Christian country singer were not happy about the shared win, saying misogyny played a role in the decision. Underwood responded in the best way. Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett tied for ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at the Academy of Country Music Awards, one of country music’s biggest entertainment awards. This was […]
As fellow blogger Donna recently pointed out, the ABC Family Channel has become something of an oxymoron, a vast wasteland as the New York Times puts it. But as if to make up for the drivel that is “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” or the raunch contained in “Pretty Little Liars,” the folks at ABC Family have finally given us a funny, smart show that teens and adults can watch together and relate to equally. The drama “Huge,” which premiered last night , isn’t too heavy – pun intended- for summertime viewing, but it also does a great job of attacking body image issues in a thoughtful, but still whimsical manner. Of course, best of all, it brings “Hairspray” actress Nikki Blonsky back into our lives.
Nikki Blonsky plays Wilhelmina, a teenager who has no interest in attending Camp VIctory. No, her parents have sent her there agains her will. On the other hand, many of the other campers can’t wait to return to the camp as it is a safe haven against a skinny world where they don’t fit in. But “Will” doesn’t take long to stir things up by doing a strip tease on the first day of camp and later providing a blackmarket source of junk food for hungry campers.
Okay, maybe that does sound just a tad stereotypical, but what kept my interest while watching “Huge” were the smaller moments. There was a nice scene in a diner, for example, where Will overhears the camp director having a conversation with her father. In that moment, Will realizes that even the super skinny, model like camp director has issues that are just like her own. Those moments balance the occassionally broad moments of humor on the show.
Could it be that “Huge”, with a little time, could become a close relation to one of my favorite shows, “Glee”? I don’t think any show can rival “Glee” but it’s nice to think this show might become a distant cousin to “Glee” in terms of charm and inspiration.For now, let’s say I am hopeful “Huge” will remain worth watching.