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Deion & Pilar: Prime Time Love
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this "celebreality" show -- which highlights the day-to-day challenges that former pro athlete Deion Sanders and his wife Pilar face as they juggle their home life and their careers -- is refreshingly tween-friendly, offering positive messages about parenthood and family. Although the series' content is pretty tame overall, there are some very mild sexual references (including references to "strippers" and "booty"), light-hearted arguments, and references to venues where Deion makes celebrity appearances.
What's the story?
DEION & PILAR: PRIME TIME LOVE follows of the lives of superstar former athlete Deion Sanders and his wife, former model/actress Pilar. Cameras film the pair as they raise their five children on a larger-than-life ranch in small-town Texas. While their strong personalities sometimes lead to some interesting challenges along the way, together they manage to balance their home life with the demands of living in the sports celebrity spotlight.
Is it any good?
Family is this couple's priority, and the choices they make are intended to protect their children as well as provide for them. Although they live in luxury, their attitude about life is extremely down-to-earth. As a result, the series lacks much of the narcissistic materialism that many other celeb-oriented reality shows seem to celebrate. True, the kids do get some perks as a result of their dad's celebrity status and wealth (like getting a surprise professional makeover before going on a first date). But the lack of nannies and the clear boundaries that are established at home provide a very positive image of hands-on parenting and solid values that include respect and appreciation for everything and everyone around them.
This upbeat series isn't particularly action-packed, but it does have its fun moments. It will probably appeal to reality show fans and sports buffs of all ages. It's tame enough for kids to watch, but there is a little bit of sexual innuendo (it should go right over kids' head) and some mild references to violence that are more funny than aggressive. But overall, Deion & Pilar is a fun example of how family -- not celebrity -- can take center field.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the popularity of "real-life" family TV shows. What makes these families entertaining enough for television? Do you ever wonder if your family life would make a good reality show? Why? Families can also discuss how "real" these shows are. Do you think the families featured on these shows act the same way when the cameras aren't there?