TLC's latest docu-drama follows two friends as they open a daycare - the first business either of them has ever run. Leslie is single and is leaving a teaching career to go out on her own. Christine is a former teacher who has been a stay-at-home mom for the past ten years.
Needless to say, their teaching styles don't match and that, of course, is what TLC was hoping for. What's a docu-drama without the "drama."
The first two half-hour episodes (premiered December 25 at 10:00) cover a four day test run that is supposed to help the women decide if this is something they want to keep doing. It's also a trial run for the audience.
Right away, we find out from the confessionals that Leslie doesn't feel that Christine is pulling her weight and -- well, she isn't really. She arrives late on the second day and on the third day she's completely distracted by phone calls from home which turn out to be her husband wanting to make sure she'll be back in time so he can go out.
Christine tries to work with the kids but her ideas are a bit grandiose for 4 and 5 year olds. Leslie, on the other hand, is a little uptight. They would make a good team if only they can find a meeting ground between them.
The kids are cute - that's kind of their job on this show. I have to wonder, though, what kind of parents drop their kids off to an unlicensed daycare that's being filmed for TV. They have to know that the producers are going to do what they can to keep the days from running smoothly because there's no show if there isn't any trouble.
I'm a former teacher and a mom, so I was very interested in seeing this show, but the two half-hour episodes left me wanting less. It's 15 minutes of shouting - and the rest is filled with commercials, teasers for the next segment and the catty confessionals of the two women.
I just don't see how they're going to get a weekly series out of this. Is it nap time yet?
JFC I pray for these kids.