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To say that OWN’s new drama Ambitions goes off the rails in its first hour isn’t entirely accurate, as the Robin Givens-fronted soap never purports to be on the rails in the first place. From the moment we’re introduced to ruthless Atlanta attorney Stephanie Lancaster in Tuesday’s premiere, you can already tell she’s not one to be trifled with.
Not unlike Mean Girls’ Ms. Norbury, Stephanie is a stone-cold pusher. She pushes her daughter to pursue a more “practical” major than theatre arts; she pushes her father to retire from the family law firm, leaving her to run the day-to-day affairs; and she pushes her husband to convince his “hood rat” sister to sell her restaurant, appeasing a greedy land developer who could be the key getting him elected the first black governor of Georgia. But in pushing those around her to “better” themselves, Stephanie inevitably pushes them further away, adding loneliness to her long list of miserable qualities.
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As if Stephanie’s house of cards wasn’t already on the brink of collapse, the premiere reunites her with a pair of old college chums: Titus, her former lover, and Amara, the woman he chose over Stephanie because she was pregnant with his child. (She lost the baby.) Titus, naturally, is now working for Purifoy Pharmaceuticals — the company being targeted by Stephanie’s family’s firm — while Amara has been tapped to investigate corruption within Evan’s administration.
* One thing I appreciate about Ambitions is that it isn’t afraid to go from zero to completely...
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