Saturday, December 5, 2015

What I Learned from the First Episode of "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars" (featuring Mama June & Sugar Bear of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo")

I announced last month that Mama June Shannon and Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson (formerly of TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo") would be appeared on WE tv's latest season of "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars." The first episode aired last night.

Here is the concept. A bunch of reality television personalities are picked to live in a house for two weeks so that they can work on their relationship problems. Most of the people that come onto this show have... strong personalities that won't be fixed in two weeks. But they make for good reality TV.

Mama June and Sugar Bear are joined by four other couples:

Benzino (AKA Raymond Scott) and Althea Heart from VH1's "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta." They are easily the most volatile couple on this show so far. They were the first to arrive at the house and instantly sat across the room from each other and began arguing. They were fighting pretty much nonstop throughout the program and Benzino ended up sleeping on the couch that first night. Not only that, but we learned that he's slept with one of the other women on this show. They have come to this show to see if they should get married. I'm thinking "NO."


Sean and Catherine Lowe from NBC's "The Bachelor." They are a young couple who are still learning how to disagree. Maybe there are some skeletons in their closet, but they were wondering why they were on this show within minutes of arriving. Me too.


Jimmy "Inkman" Coney and Sarah Oliver from Oxygen's "Bad Girls Club." This couple appears to enjoy each other's company. But Inkman is into threesomes and Sarah is into monogamy. But she still searches for other women to bring home to her guy.


Sundy and Cedric Carter from VH1's "Basketball Wives LA." This couple was married, separated, and then divorced, and then they moved back together and began co-parenting their kids with each other. They are trying to figure out if they should remarry or not. Their relationship is complicated because Sundy cheated on Cedric when they were a romantic couple and he is still hurt. Oh, Sundy once slept with Benzino -- and I'm not sure that Cedric knows yet!!


And then there is Mama June and Sugar Bear from TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." Mama June is still upset over allegations that Sugar Bear is a womanizer. Meanwhile, they haven't had sex in years -- which might be why Sugar Bear has a wandering eye. If indeed he actually seeks out other women. He's publicly denied these accusations for the past year. Mama June seems to be having fun on this show, but Sugar Bear looks very uncomfortable.


The first episode featured a game show-themed event where houseguests met Bob Eubanks (formerly of "The Newlywed Game") and were forced to confront negative relationship statements by their spouse. Of course, Benzino and Althea ended up getting in a huge argument during their segment. But Eubanks did a good job of cutting them off pretty effectively.


Can I take this moment to add that I really don't like the program's directors, Jim and Elizabeth Carroll? They spend their time spying on the houseguests and made numerous snide comments to each other during the game show segment.

I had actually forgotten to watch the program when it aired live. Mama June was live-tweeting, which is the only reason that I remembered the program when I did. I finally caught up this afternoon. Most of the couples seem interesting and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next. So look forward to occasional check-ins on this blog about this program.

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