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.