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#SouthernCharmSav: That Pesky Editing Process, An Abundance of Frankenbites

For the three other people watching Bravo’s Southern Charm Savannah with me this season: You are probably confused. There are scenes with an abundance of Frankenbites. This is evidence that longer conversations were cut down, and in the process, juicier portions were left on the cutting room floor. It also means, in this case, that there’s an absence of information to “fill in the blanks” and clear up confusion.

In one discussion between Brandon Branch, Hagood Coxe and Ashley Borders (who was demoted from regular cast member last season to “Friend Of” now) a conversation shifts from unexplained mixed reaction to Caitlyn Jenner to how Hagood might eventually take over her father’s farm. We are presented with two thick slices of bread that join a hoagie together…but no hoagie. What happened to that hoagie?

In another chat between Brandon and Catherine Cooper, there is a quick focus on how Catherine’s longtime boyfriend Lyle Mackenzie repeatedly puts her down. Again, it appears evident that ensuing examples brought forth by Brandon were omitted by editing. We’ve seen how brutally honest Mr. Branch is and I cannot envision him at a loss for elaboration!

My hunch is that cast mates wanted particularly tough tidbits off of reality TV and producers complied with their wishes. A theme that hovered over Season One was how these Savannians are concerned about public perception and being judged by their peers and elders. Unfortunately, this type of shoddy editing does a disservice to people like Catherine Cooper, who seems like an uncaring girlfriend to Lyle…while I suspect there’s more to that story that would garner sympathy for her. I also believe that Hagood Coxe felt a need to escape from a more intense conversation focused on her personal life – rather than the murky one we saw on television.

To quote a popular commercial from my childhood: “Where’s the beef?”

Southern Charm Savannah has the potential to be a much better show, but in its second season with producers missing the mark – and continually keeping us in the dark – there seems to be little incentive for a Season Three.

(Photo Source: TamaraTattles.com and Bravo TV)

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