Sunday, October 27, 2013

Review: The Governor's Wife

Posted By on Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 10:25 AM

click to enlarge (L-R) Victoria and Anna Edwards, daughters of former Gov. Edwin Edwards, with the governor's new wife Trina Scott Edwards in A&E's "The Governor's Wife." - A&E NETWORK
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  • (L-R) Victoria and Anna Edwards, daughters of former Gov. Edwin Edwards, with the governor's new wife Trina Scott Edwards in A&E's "The Governor's Wife."


Your interest in — or tolerance for — A&E's new "reality" series The Governor's Wife will be tested in the opening minutes of the first episode, at the very point where thirtyish Trina Scott Edwards, the bride of former Gov. Edwin Edwards, talks about her desire to have a child with him and mentions harvesting the 85-year-old's previously frozen "baby gravy."

That may be the show's high point. The editors do their best to contrive scenes of tension between Trina Edwards and her new stepdaughters — Edwin's sixtyish daughters Victoria and Anna, as well as with Trina's two teenage sons, who don't seem to be entrusted with any dialogue.

So what does happen? Edwin can't get his laptop to work with a router. Trina plans a birthday party. The stepdaughters "babysit" Trina's teenagers. Trina does a dance for charity while wearing a sailor outfit. Victoria smokes an electronic cigarette. Trina and Edwin tell his daughters about their plan to have a child. At Edwin's 85th birthday party, Trina attempts to pop out of a cake, but can't manage to do it correctly.


And if you spent the half-hour wondering why Edwin's computer couldn't connect with the router, your patience will be amply rewarded at the end of the episode, when all is explained.

The Governor's Wife was filmed in 2012 but delayed several times by the cable network (Edwin is now 86, and the "baby gravy" plan resulted in a son, Eli, born in August). A few curious Louisianans may tune in for Episode 1, but it'll be a tall order getting anyone back for a second installment.

The Governor's Wife
A&E
Sun. Oct. 27, 9 p.m. 



A&E: The Governors Wife from Larry's Deli on Vimeo.


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