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It’s Time to Tune Back Into Catfish: The TV Show, Simply Because of Kamie Crawford

By | November 21, 2020

Kamie Crawford has become an MTV staple thanks to her cohosting gig on Catfish: The TV Show, but in my opinion, she deserves recognition by a wider audience. Crawford has worked towards becoming a big-time host for years, bringing her unique voice and perspective with her. First grabbing headlines when she earned the title of Miss Teen USA in 2010, Crawford extended her brand to become a popular beauty vlogger, model, and TV/media personality (on BET and E! to name a few). She has never presented anything less than her authentic self to her fans. The self-proclaimed “CEO of Facial Expressions” is a badass, and it’s more evident than ever now that she’s strengthened one of MTV’s longest running shows.

For the first seven seasons of Catfish: The TV Show, the hosts were Nev Schulman and Max Joseph. I’ve been a fan since the release of the original documentary, but even I began to glaze over around season five-ish. Things were getting a bit repetitive, predictable, and well . . . boring. Eventually Joseph left the show to focus on his film career in 2018. After his exit, producers brought in a revolving door of guest hosts while searching for the right person to fill the job. After popping up numerous times by popular demand, Kamie was officially asked to be Catfish‘s permanent cohost alongside Schulman starting season eight. Since then, the show’s quality has markedly improved.

Kamie has given the show a point of view that I didn’t even realize it was missing: a woman’s perspective. Her intuition alone has probably helped solve more problems between a catfish and their victim than actual investigations. She can tell if a person is lying just by how they text! Kamie, who went to school for Communication and Media Studies, reads between the lines into the nuances of what the show’s subjects are saying. Logic-minded Nev has needed that fresh thinking, and their combined strengths have produced a truly entertaining show.

The balance between the two hosts just works. It takes a lot to get Schulman worked up (although he always jumps in at the right time), but Kamie will stand up herself and for the right side swiftly and with grace. Case in point: the season eight premiere, “Red & Jalissa.” Catfish Ashley was extremely rude to Kamie, presenting the type of confrontational behavior we hadn’t seen on the show in years. She called Kamie a bitch numerous times, a “bird,” and most offensively, “the help.” Kamie remained calm and defended herself before being the bigger person and walking away. Towards the end of the episode (when Ashley finally came to her senses and apologized), Kamie let her know that they “don’t have to be friends,” but they must be respectful. She did not stand for the name-calling and the initial homophobic remarks hurled at catfish victim, Red.

Additionally, in episodes where there are women tearing each other down (like the “Brooklyn & Jason” episode), Kamie not only attempts to keep the peace, but to educate. “We are growing ladies,” she said. “We gotta grow the f*ck up. We’re supposed to be coming together. We’re not supposed to be doing all of this, especially not over some boy who’s not even acting right!” This is one of the many important messages that she brings up on the show, and I love that she never misses a beat to teach.

Since Crawford joined the show, she and Nev have acknowledged and engaged in on-camera discussion about the injustices against Black people happening in the world. Kudos to Nev and Max’s Black Lives Matter t-shirts, but the hosts never really said anything substantial about the movement or about what was happening in the news in previous seasons. Now, there’s been an open dialog about what’s going on in the country. Having a Black woman join the team was tremendous step for the show. Kamie speaks up, shares the Black experience, and calls out injustices with ways on how to right them. That can be so impactful to see on a big network television show.

She is very vocal about her beliefs outside of the show as well. From providing reliable and valuable resources on Instagram and Twitter for months during the height of the Black Lives Matter movement, to fully campaigning people to not only vote, but to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Kamie uses her platform to speak up, educate, and have the tough and uncomfortable conversations. Whether people are open to listening or get offended by her strong statements, she makes sure the right information is out there. (And I confess, I love it when she puts “Karens” on blast and follows with an explanation on why they’re wrong.)

Kamie leaves no questions unanswered and no stone unturned. She is the badass Black female representation that Catfish: The TV Show needed, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Matthew Perry Just Confirmed the Friends Reunion Is Happening in March

By | November 12, 2020

We could not be more excited: the Friends reunion is happening for real! It’s been rumored for some time that there would be a reunion special of the iconic sitcom, and now it’s officially in the works. So when can we watch our favorites back together again?

According to Matthew Perry, it’s all happening in March 2021. “Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March. Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that’s the way I like it!” Perry tweeted on Nov. 12.

The Friends reunion special was initially supposed to go hand in hand with the launch of HBO Max this past May. However, due to concerns surrounding the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), production was pushed back.

HBO Max famously snapped up the streaming rights to the entire original series of Friends, which left its previous streaming home at Netflix in November 2019. The Friends reunion will be a major must-see event right off the bat for HBO’s new streaming service, which enters an increasingly crowded and competitive market for streaming.

“Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together – we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library,” Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max, said in a statement in THR. “I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans.”

THR also reported that the special will be filmed on Stage 24 of the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, CA, where the original series was shot. All six of the original stars are signed on and will also executive produce, along with a slew of other producers. The six cast members shared the news to their respective Instagrams, all using the same promotional image and the caption “It’s happening” – except for Matt LeBlanc, whose post had the same caption but jokingly used a photo of the M*A*S*H cast instead.