Tired of the “The Hills” or “Jersey Shore” drama/controversy/trashy documentary? A new reality series is coming to inspire the young ones and the young-at-hearts!
WeTV series “Sunset Daze” follows nine fabulous senior citizens living in Sun City Grand, one of the country’s largest retirement communities in Arizona. It has debuted on TV on April 28.
The show features old but definitely fun and intriguing characters like real-life friends Joanne and Sandy whose hobbies include golf, charity work, downing glasses of vino and practicing their gun skills among many others. Joanne, 63, is a married retired real estate agent. Sandy, 68, is a widower who has been boasting about her “battery-operated boyfriend” and has been setup by her friends on a series of blind dates with eligible bachelors.
There is also the 72-year-old Jack who is a thrice-divorced retiree who complains that the lady he is dating won’t make a commitment probably until 80, 68-year-old Ron who is African-American and currently running for one of the empty spots in Sun City Grand’s Board of Directors, 61-year-old Ann who is a former nun in Ireland for 21 years before leaving the convent and realizes more fun in life after skydiving, 70-plus Gail who is a former performer and still dreams of her Academy Awards trophy, 74-year-old LaWanda who is a California retiree moving in to the community and taking up dancing, and 64-year-old Eileen who is currently running in the Ms. Senior Arizona Pageant, and 64-year-old Linda who is a newcomer to the community and dubbed as the “new kid in town.”
The reality show has gotten excellent reviews from top publications in the country, sighting the values of “fun and contentment” that is hard to find hand-in-hand in other reality or documentary series. “Sunset Daze,” they say, is a reassuring portrait of adults who can still act like kids but are at peace with their twilight years.
“When people compare us to ‘Jersey Shore,’ all I have to say is, ‘What a nice compliment. Thank you very much.’ To be compared to twentysomethings, what’s not to like about that? I don’t think we’re as crazy as they are, but we’re not dead, either. We have a lot to look forward to, and I think that most of us want to make the most of it,” says Sandy to The Associated Press.