Any Day Now tells the story of a friendship between two successful women in Birmingham, Alabama. M.E. is a writer, wife, mother and grandmother; Rene is a single attorney who specializes in civil rights law.
Any Day Now was one of the best show I watched. My mom and I used to watch the episodes every week until it ended. I loved how they had episode that show how cruel the people of this world could be to others, like in the series African Americans. I wished they had made a few more episode because this series touched me in some many ways that it is hard to explain how. To anyone who never watch Any Day Now, should by any means possible because it is that good. Any Day Now, I love and miss you.
This is a fabulous show it stars Annie Potts(M.E) and Lorraine Toussaint (Rene) They are child hood best friends who reunited in their adult life. It was hard for them being friends as children because M.E was white, and Rene was Black growing up in the south. Despite what most people thought they were the best of friends which wasn’t always easy when they were growing up in the 60’s. The show is set in what was then the present time 90’s however does have flashback from when they were growing up. That many times would tie into things that were going on in the present. The show tackled racial issues extremely well, and didn’t just focus on black and white all the time. They even got into homosexuals, Native Americans other prejudices. The show did extremely well for the four years it was on, it could have probably gone a few years longer, but Annie Potts wanted to do other things as well as spend more time with her family.
It also dealt with each women’s family. M.E her husband and 2 children. Her daughter Kelly became impregnated by her black boyfriend. Her son Davis thought about becoming a Priest. Rene often took care of her mother and dealt with her man problems. Despite their differences, they always managed to be there for each other which is what being a friend is all about.
Any Day Now is one of those rare shows that actually looks and feels like real life. The characters are fully formed and flawed. All of the elements of AND fit perfectly; the flashbacks, the storylines, the relationships the characters share.
Any Day Now is one of the most moving shows I have ever seen. At first glance this is just a show about a biracial friendship, but upon closer inspection, it is much more. One of the best aspects of the show is the flashbacks from M.E. and Rene's childhood. This sets the scene perfectly to see how the girls, the area they live in, and all of those around them have matured and changed (or not) over the years. It is also to impress upon the viewers just how unpredictable the future is. One of the best storylines of the show is the teenage pregnancy of M.E.'s daughter. After many years, M.E. is forced to watch her daughter make the same mistakes she made as a young woman and she is powerless to prevent it. Here is some of Annie Potts best acting ever. In every episode you can see her anguish and pain and helplessness seeping out. As a character, she is completely formed and could be a real person in any one of our lives. Perhaps that is what is best about this show, it's real. It's not pretty. It's not sappy. But it's not overdramatic either. It's everyday life, the good, the bad, and everything in between. And that makes for the best show of all.
Any Day Now was to me the perfect Southern drama. It wasn't afraid to face the race issue that still occurs in the South and the storytelling on there was brillant. Having ME and Rene becoming friends again after all those years apart when Rene returns to her childhood hometown was wonderful. I loved how the show used flashbacks to tie in what was occuring in the present day part of the episode showing that the same things were still going on even now. The flashbacks showing ME and Rene's relationship as children showed just how difficult it was for a white child and a black child to be friends during the troublesome times of the 60's. The casting on the show was wonderful and to me the show never lost any of it's charm. I wish it stilll airing new episodes, but the re-airings on Lifetime RealWomen are wonderful.
Any Day Now is under-appreciated drama deals with the firm friendship of a white woman and a black woman, who grew up together in Birmingham, Alabama, and are reunited in their adult years. This show is one of the most thought-provoking you'll ever see on television and further illustrates why Any Day Now remains one of TV's most daring dramas. Too bad only a puny 1.8 million people see it each week. You would never see, for instance, a network TV drama tackle this prickly racial issue in such in-your-face detail.
Even the finale was awesome - it was about a black high school basketball player is on trial for manslaughter after accidentally killing a white, straight-A student who called him the N-word. Rene (Toussaint) takes the controversial case and comes up with an even more controversial defense. She puts the N-word on trial, arguing the use of it is as lethal as a deadly weapon. She hurls the slur constantly in court.
In fact, the N-word is used an eye-popping 74 times during the two- hour episode. That has to be some sort of record. And each time I heard it, my feelings of anger and disgust grew more intense.
The most powerful scene is when Rene and her best friend, M.E. (Potts) debate the power of the word. As the daughter of racist parents and an even more racist uncle, M.E. is all to familiar with how the N-word can cause great pain. Rene, however, argues it's just a word and doesn't have any power over her unless she gives it that power. To test her theory, M.E. uses the slur to describe her dead father, a legendary civil rights attorney.
The actresses even admitted to being more then a little uncomfortable when shooting the finale. It just goes to prove who “truthful” this show is about racism. That's what great drama is all about. It should get under your skin. It should make you think. It should make you angry. It should make you cry. It should educate as well as entertain.
But this is defiantly a chick type of show, my husband will sit through it if he has too. But I love it.
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