STATE OF GEORGIA "Pilot" Season 1, Episode 1 – I can’t remember the last time I watched anything featuring Raven-Symone. Although I’ve always had an idea of who she was, I only vaguely remembered her on The Cosby Show. By the time she developed into Disney fame, my tastes in television had moved in another direction and I had no interest in keeping up with any of her subsequent projects. I suppose that is why I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed her performance in the new ABC Family comedy, State of Georgia.

Perhaps long time fans of Raven-Symone already had a sense of her talent for physical comedy, but it was new to me and I appreciated Georgia as the over the top, slightly crazy, theater wannabe diva. Georgia is a New York transplant from the South looking to make it big on Broadway. There’s a fearlessness about her that is either a manifestation of her pampered upbringing, or an illusion of confidence built on her naivety. Had this been a drama, I would have expected to see Georgia’s positive attitude and wide eyed determination be trampled as she discovered the painful realities of being a struggling actor in New York. Since this is a comedy, we get to see her counteract a boorish casting director with a former-fat-kid complex using fried chicken, gravy and biscuits as a means of seduction. Read More...


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