A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Professionalism is important, and Diddy's people put value on working hard and being excellent at what you do. No one gets by on looks alone; talent is essential.
Positive Role Models
If you're looking for positive role models in the music business, this is a good place to start. Everyone -- from guitarists to drummers to back-up singers -- is extremely talented and has passion for what they do. There's also considerable diversity among the contenders in terms of race, gender, and background.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
One of the prospective back-up singers is a pre-op transsexual, but her sexual orientation isn't really the focus.
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Some occasional trash-talking, but it's surprisingly clean.
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Products & Purchases
The show entertains and educates ... but it also functions as a long-form commercial for Diddy and his new act.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that teens who watch this reality show will basically be tuning in to a weekly commercial for Diddy's latest project. But even though the promotional element is obvious, it comes along with a healthy dose of reality about the music business that shows kids how hard you have to work to succeed. Language is essentially a non-issue, though there's some adult-oriented discussion about the fact that one of the female back-up singers is actually a man (more specifically, a pre-op transsexual). Aside from that, it's an age-appropriate choice for teens and even some more mature tweens who have a passion for music.
Is It Any Good?
If you look forward to Making the Band marathons, are truly interested in the music business, and aren't already suffering from Diddy overload, there's a lot here to keep you coming back for more. After all, it's an eye-opening process as Diddy and his production staff move from open audition calls to callbacks to small-group performances -- and, ultimately, to rehearsals with the newly formed band, featuring the impressive talents of those who made the grade.
On the downside, there's nothing truly new here, other than Diddy's willingness to peel back his larger-than-life music mogul persona and reveal a little vulnerability as an artist ... even if it only lasts for a few seconds. On the upside, if your teen loves to sing or wants to play an instrument and has dreams of becoming a superstar, this series is a great way to reinforce the importance of developing talent the old-fashioned way: practice, practice, practice.
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