The N Network has a new show, Queen Bees, premiering tonight at 9 p.m., and I’m not ashamed to admit that my Friday night is looking up. The show is not about nature, but does feature queen bees, or biyatches, in their natural, swanky habitat. Host Yoanna House (America’s Next Top Model, Cycle Two) will try to change these self-described mean girls, who were nominated by family and friends, into nice girls by giving them soul-bettering tasks, and whoever shows the most growth wins $25,000.
There’s nothing like a huge cash prize to motivate people to be nice, but I’ll be watching because these 18- to 20-year-old divas totally need this makeover. Contestant Gisbelle Castillo, who hails from the Bronx (Big-up!), told her boyfriend she was pregnant in order to get more attention. After four months of constant doting, she told him she had a miscarriage because the lie “got old.” And another mean girl’s modus operandi is: “I try to hurt you and that’s my whole goal.” I’ll admit I’m looking forward to the catfights more than the niceties or fakeness. Which begs the question…Is nice really entertaining? I doubt it — and so does The N. The network plays up the mean more than the nice on the show’s webpage. But the group therapy sessions with celebrity shrink Michelle Callahan (The Tyra Banks Show) seem to have entertainment promise because the girls will reveal what causes them to be mean, like who comes from a broken home, who has an eating disorder, and who was actually an ugly duckling. [Washington Post]