Chasing the Saturdays
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the reality series Chasing the Saturdays is a promotional vehicle for a British all-girl pop band as they attempt to break into the American music market. It features lots of drinking (cocktails, champagne), as well as some salty vocab ("piss," stronger words "bleeped"), and some references to having sex, along with lots of slinky outfits. On the positive side, the women are supportive of one another through various struggles.
What's the story?
CHASING THE SATURDAYS is a reality series that follows the successful British pop girl band The Saturdays as they try to break into the American music scene. The group of singers -- Mollie King, music veteran Frankie Sanford, Irish vocalist Una Healy, Rochelle Wiseman, and Vanessa White -- have moved to Hollywood to spend three months in Los Angeles recording and promoting a record that they hope will hit the charts in the United States. Living in Southern California has its perks, but trying to break into the new market is a lot of work, and requires a lot of sacrifice. They find themselves having to deal with homesickness, being separated from loved ones, and the pressures that come with trying to make it big in another country, but with any luck, they will be as popular stateside as they are back home.
Is it any good?
Chasing the Saturdays features the all-girl group as the women navigate their way through endless recording sessions, rehearsals, performances, interviews, and other requirements of the industry, while trying to negotiate their own personal lives. But unlike many of the reality series of this kind, most of the show focuses on how they negotiate family commitments and real-life medical issues in order to be there.
For these women, coming to America is starting from the bottom. But unlike many others before them, their journey is a little bit more luxurious thanks to their success in the United Kingdom. But the show does succeed in highlighting some of what it takes to make it to musical stardom, and underscores that success is never guaranteed, regardless of how famous you may be somewhere else.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about reality shows and fame. How helpful do you think TV competitions like The Voice and American Idol are in helping people launch their music careers? Do these shows guarantee that they will be successful?
Think about other reality shows focusing on women. How is this one different?
How real do you think this show is? Do you think people act differently when they're on or off camera?