Source: Los Angeles Times
The sister act of identical twins Tia and Tamera Mowry has centered on their clean-cut image and bouncy charm. The formula served them well as perky child stars in their ’90s sitcom “Sister Sister,” their Disney Channel ‘tween vehicle “Twitches” and the more mature “Double Wedding” on Lifetime.
The well-scrubbed image mirrored their off-screen lifestyle. Openly religious, the Mowrys were content to seek more uplifting roles rather than emulate their young peers. The sisters stayed true to their values — no trashy horror movies, sex tapes, battles with eating disorders, kids out of wedlock, club-hopping or revolving-door boyfriends.
It’s a high ground that would seem to have no place in the arena of reality television, where family dysfunction and hysterical, foul-mouthed fights are often the main attraction. But the sisters have bucked that trend with their Style Network reality series “Tia & Tamera,” which in its first season has become the highest-rated program in the cable network’s 12-year history, averaging more than 750,000 viewers per week.
Call them the anti-Kardashians: There is no foul language that has to be bleeped on “Tia & Tamera,” no provocative emphasis on sex.
In the series, which has just been renewed for a second season, the twins display dynamic chemistry tinged with edginess and more than a little competitiveness that leads to sharp conflicts. But unlike other reality shows, they resolve their differences without disintegrating into outrageous or exaggerated behavior.
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