So seeing as I’m not going to watch this show unless I end up in the road cast of A Clockwork Orange, how will we decide if NeNe is any good? Why by using the internet and the hard work of professional TV critics, of course. It turns out there is an army, okay, like 30 people, who due to not signing up for truck drivers school when they had the chance are now big time TV critics and have to watch TV shows like this one whether they want to or not.
So what did the critics have to say about Mis NeNe? Well I went to MetaCritic.com, and after looking through a whole mess of television reviews I found out a lot of critics didn’t care about NeNe one way or the other.It turns out NeNe doesn’t have a very big part, and what with so many shows coming out right now, the bulk of critics just didn’t write about her performance.
The good news is that there was still a good number of critics who wrote about NeNe, and for the most part, they were split down the middle as to whether she was fierce, or, not, not good. I culled out about 8 reviews. Three good to surprisingly good reviews, 4 not so good, to just not good reviews, and one from The New York Post I am saving for the end, because it kind of manages to be both at the same time
Here are the quotes about NeNe starting with the good, and ending with the strange
(attention “Real Housewives” fans: NeNe Leakes is surprisingly good as a supporting character) – Maureen Ryan, The Huffington Post
Well, that’s a good review, although surprisingly isn’t the world’s greatest adverb to compliment people with. For example, let’s look at this sentence. “Despite being one of the biggest mass murderers in human history, Hitler was surprisingly caring towards animals.” Still, a compliment is a compliment, so yay NeNe!
The Full Review at The Huffington Post
”while reality-TV vet Leakes proves a finely aggressive comic actress as David’s office assistant” – Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly.com
Now this is a good review. See how better they are when you lose the word surprisingly?
The Full Review at EntertainmentWeekly.com
”The show’s most original character, Bryan’s imposing African-American assistant Rocky (Ne Ne Leakes of Glee and Real Housewives of Atlanta), huffs and puffs appealingly, but is mainly there to support Bryan and David.” – Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture.com
Okay, now this is another good review, and might be the best one out of the bunch. However, the huffs and puffs part makes it sound like NeNe is The Little Engine Who Could, and you never want to see a big boned character actress compared to a locomotive, so once again, this isn’t quite as nice as it could be.