‘Queens’ review: Eve, Brandy headline a soapy ABC drama as a reunited girl group
The other members of the group, Naomi/Xplicit Lyrics (Brandy) and Valeria/Butter Pecan (Nadine Velazquez), had a sour falling out, with the previous toiling away as a solo act — “still chasing the fame that you found 20 years ago,” as she’s informed — and the latter having actually effectively transitioned into early morning television, where her unchecked aspiration is on complete screen.
It’s their supervisor (Taylor Sele) who recommends getting the band back together as part of a telecasted occasion, and the lure of a fast payment suffices to wear down the resistance on a number of fronts. However this is a series, after all, so the reunion will not end there, with the obstacle of installing an official return and all the soapy behaviors that go with it.
Produced by “Scandal” alum Zahir McGhee (who composed the pilot) and directed by Tim Story, “Queens” seems in respectable hands on that rating, even if the material and actually-not-that-explicit lyrics can just be as nasty as ABC’s requirements will permit. The program likewise figures to get an increase, in old-fashioned television scheduling terms, from having “The Bachelorette” as its opening act.
In the meantime, “Queens” has actually done an exceptional job putting together the pieces. Keeping them from flaming out the manner in which the program’s imaginary group did might be another matter.
“Queens” premieres Oct. 19 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.