Daytime Divas Recap

Daytime Divas Series Premiere Recap: Will You Return for a Second View-ing?

“What a s–t show!” Vanessa Williams’ character declares as the series premiere of VH1’s Daytime Divas reaches its dramatic conclusion. “And the most fun of I’ve had in years.”

Williams’ character may be referring to The Lunch Hour — a fictional daytime talk show not unlike, say, The View — but her words are just as relevant to Daytime Divas, itself. Monday’s series premiere, an hourlong parade of brawls, backstabs and bitchy one-liners, is a solid sampling of what the grade-A guilty pleasure has to offer.

The small-screen equivalent of a dishy beach read, Daytime Divas is the perfect antidote for soap lovers who remain salty after the untimely cancellations of camp-fests like Devious Maids and Mistresses. (Full disclosure: Part of the fun comes from former View co-host Star Jones being an executive producer on the show, which is inspired by her aptly titled novel Satan’s Sisters.)

In order to effectively discuss everything that goes down in Monday’s premiere, I think we need to break things down diva by diva:

* Maxine Robinson (Williams) reigns supreme as the creator of The Lunch Hour, but when a routine facelift (or “throat surgery,” according to a press release) lands her in a coma, her co-hosts start eyeing her coveted left chair like a pack of camera-ready vultures. Maxine is so irked by their behavior, in fact, that she decides to withhold the news that she’s woken from her coma just to watch them squirm. It’s in these particularly wrathful moments that Williams basically slips back into playing Ugly Betty‘s Wilhelmina Slater — and I’m not complaining one bit.

* Mo Evans (Everybody Hates Chris‘ Tichina Arnold) is the comedian of the group, but no one is laughing when her “P.A. with benefits” Leon (Awkward‘s Niko Pepaj) blackmails her with a sex tape after she kicks him to the curb. With her job now on the line — not that it wasn’t already on the line — Mo threatens to expose Maxine’s alleged “throat surgery” for what it really is. (Mo also deserves a shoutout for delivering my favorite line of the night about the time she had to a live on-air colonic: “Surprise! I was full of s–t!”)

* Kibby Ainsley (Faking It‘s Chloe Bridges) is a “sexually fluid” former child star — not to mention a reformed train wreck — who credits Maxine with keeping her on the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, a not-so-chance encounter with her money-grubbing mother sends Kibby off the deep end… and wouldn’t you know it, she lands nose-first in a mountain of cocaine. Were it not for Kibby’s quick-thinking girlfriend, she’d be rotting in a jail cell as we speak.

* Nina Sandoval (Gotta Kick It Up‘s Camille Guaty) takes pride in being known as The Lunch Hour’s “serious” co-host, but the former war reporter is keeping the biggest story of all under wraps: She’s cheating on her husband… with Maxine’s son — and Lunch Hour executive producer — Shawn! (She alludes to having a few other skeletons in her closet, but I think we have enough to chew on for now.)

* And last, but definitely not least, is Heather Flynn-Kellog (Wilfred‘s Fiona Gubelmann), a squeaky clean conservative with a hot mess of a home life; though she appears to be (mostly) supportive of her transgender daughter, the series premiere drops more than a flew clues suggesting that her angry husband doesn’t approve — and might be physically taking out his anger on Heather.

Your thoughts on Daytime Divas‘ inaugural outing? Grade the premiere below, then drop a comment with your full review.

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  1. fernando933 says:

    I loved it, it’s the perfect summer drama show. I’m so happy Wilhelmina finally got her spin off always knew she would spin out from ugly Betty 😂.

    I can’t deal with MO/Star Joans she’s the problem in real life and on the show.

    Nina and Heather have potential to become good characters

    Kibbutz was the highlight of the show aside from Vanessa Williams and if you watch PLL you would know why, she was terrible on PLL acting wise but I feel she did great on this show

    • GregJ. says:

      I was pleasantly surprised. I think there is a lot of potential. My fa favorite story line so far is the “possibly” abused cohost who is politically correct, bible thumping, all American family with the son who dresses in girls clothing. I like Mo she’s very honest, in an aggressive way, but still honest non the lass. Vanessa Williams is just great. I’ll be watching again nice summer filler since “Devious Maids” is cancelled, yes I’m still upset about that….lol.

  2. aaron says:

    It was ok. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it. But Ill continue to watch. What they do need though is Naya Rivera.

  3. Avery says:

    I liked the show a lot. The one thing that made me cringe though was that Maxine went into a coma after plastic surgery, which is how Joan Rivers died. I did think they should have figured out another way to move the plot.

    • Haz says:

      That was honestly a play by play of what happened with Joan. She went in for an outpatient throat procedure and never woke up. The character Mo sort of blackmailed Maxine’s son for the left chair by saying she would leak it that Maxine was in for cosmetic surgery and not a procedure on her throat. Honestly I found it really tacky they would go that route.

      Other than that it’s a fun summer show it felt somewhat all over the place and didn’t really feel like a pilot.

  4. Avery says:

    I forgot to ask, who played Kibby’s girlfriend, and her mom? They both looked really familiar.

    • matty says:

      The mother was played by veteran actress Tammy Blanchard, who has been around for decades. You can look her up on IMDB. And I believe the girlfriend was played by an actress named Jeanie Mason, who apparently was on “So You Think You Can Dance”, but I could be wrong on this one.

  5. Greg says:

    I was ready to tune out, until the waking up from coma / I’m going to mess with them twist. Maybe I will give it another chance next week, but it wasn’t the best pilot.

  6. Muller says:

    Vanessa is basically playing Wilhelmina, but not the fun and mysterious from the 1st season.

  7. matty says:

    Hell yes. I’m hooked after 1 episode; and may I say Vanessa Williams was built for this kind of soapy melodrama!

  8. Debbi says:

    I loved it. Since devious maid’s is over ,this will be a great substitute

  9. Corinne says:

    I love this show so much! Move over Noah Cyrus the song of the summer is right here ! YAS KWEEN AFTER KWEEN ON THIS SHOW!

  10. meleliot says:

    I really love cheesy tv, but this was too much even for me.

  11. Yoko says:

    Cute summer show.

  12. It had comedy and drama, but Mo need to take it down just a little.

  13. Rudy says:

    What happened to Tichina Arnold on Daytime Divas. Will she return?