Monday, June 27, 2011
Finding myself a wee bit through the OWN network.
I guess I fit the OWN channel demographics perfectly because so far I'v really liked many of their documentary style shows. Liked might not be a strong enough expression here; More liked hooked and fascinated and even watched a few episodes more than once. I didn't plan on watching any of these. But I found myself relating to these people. ME? relating to a celebrity? not in a stalkerish way, but yea. I got a bachelors in nursing but minored in sociology , psychology, and English lit. In other words, I guess I'm nosy and like to see what makes people tick and how they live . But it all comes down to "Uh, if they are going through that , maybe I'll get through this."
I'm not a country music fan---but Shania Twain's show was more about dealing with grief and betrayal and learning to trust and how to have faith in yourself. Shania is also a little chatterbox and had a tough life as a kid. She sounds very off key and tentative as she struggles with her singing and then absolutely magical when it all comes together. This show is built around an uber roadtrip from Canada to the Southwest and the Bahamas show up too. Pretty scenery. I 'm a new fan and I really like a new song she is releasing which you hear about 30 times in the 6 episodes of the show.
Then the country music duo the Judds-Naomi and Wynonna, and I'm not a fan of their music either. Their show was more about communication , mother daughter relationships, and dealing with abuse issues and a real behind the scenes view of life on a concert tour. Also a scenic bus tour of the US with a therapist on tour along the way. hmmmm Their choice of hair color is amazingly vibrant. Wow. But I did pick up some communication tips and I have to say it has helped. New fan but not of the music. Definitely Folks I'd want to sit on the porch with and have a chat and sip iced tea.
Addicted to Food was just right for a viewpoint of Eating disordered treatment and it mirrored some of the issues I was dealing with at the time. I learned a lot about myself from that one. I think Miss Tenny who runs the ED rehab needs to write a book. More Texas scenery. Interesting bunch of just regular folks.
OWN is now showing two of these docu style shows. One is about Ryan and Tatum Oneal father daughter actors--recovering addicts, well I think Tatum is anyway. I've only seen one episode. Ryan lives in Malibu on the beach, so that is a slamdunk as far as interesting scenery. Dysfunction, recovery from addiction , communication, reconciliation, getting your life back on track. Continues the theme.
But so far the most painful is Finding Sarah about Sarah Ferguson -the Duchess of York as she goes through a journey of self discovery. She is trying to reclaim a sense of her self and a sustainable life and has most of Oprah's team (Dr. Phil and Suzy Orman and Martha Beck)along for guidance. If you are not aware she was involved in a scandal last year that had to do with taking bribes though her reasons don't jibe with the video that is out there. A major fall from grace. (And she had already fallen due to all the hullabaloo that led to her divorce from Prince Andrew years before).
Oh, Fergie. This is one of the most shattered people. She seems so frail and so off track and self-depreciating one minute. Then she's holding her own against Dr Phil and a snooty book editor. I feel really uncomfortable watching her because she sooooo doesn't get what people are telling her and then when she says she get's it ..ahhh? you are just not sure she really does. But then she handles something else with such openness and honesty and bravery. She walks around in unflattering shoes and clothes and she seems like just an ordinary girl. Probably why we all liked her when she was dating and then marrying Prince Andrew and being Weight Watchers spokes person. I have several of her books from the Weight Watcher's days. Prince Andrew sounds like he is truly a prince and really cares for her still. Gotta like Fergie and hope for the best for her. Scenery across the US and Great Britain make this a must see for me.
I'm wondering who is next. Can I handle any more of these? Good grief.
So 40ish, couch psychologist/sociologist here who likes to travel and take roadtrips. Hmmmmmm...Definitely Oprah's demographic.