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Is 'Big Smo' on AETV actually a family show?

Is Big Smo just a big teddy bear?
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What’s up with 'Big Smo' on AETV? Well, cereal shakes, country rap and lots of love, which was a nice thing to see on this all-new reality series. Mama Smo is the money manager, and she’s proud of how well her son has done with his career and his life in general. There is a lot of time on the road, but when Big Smo is home, he makes time for family. So, is 'Big Smo' a family show?

“I’m lovable, like a big ol’ teddy bear,” Smo says.

Big Smo does seem like a good guy with a big heart. He is enjoying the notoriety he is receiving from his local popularity, but it doesn’t seem to be changing his focus on his home and family, or what appears to be a fun-loving nature. And, from the small sample fans are getting on 'Big Smo,' oddly enough, it does seem like what one could call a “family show”--although perhaps occasional mentions to things like “twerking” might make it more of a PG-13 family show. And, of course, it does air at a later time, in the 10:30 p.m. timeslot, following A&E fan-favorite 'Duck Dynasty.'

As of the opening show, it seemed like a good mix between Smo’s home-life and his work-life--although, as with many artists, Smo’s life in general seems like it is tilted in the direction of work a lot of the time. Fortunately for him, his girls, his mom, his girlfriend--everybody understands that he has been working a long time for this dream that is on the edge of coming true. Whitney, who Smo has been dating for four years, seems especially understanding, and Smo agrees: “It takes a lot for a woman to put up with everything that comes along with this package." So, why is she just his girlfriend after all this time?

Well, for last night’s episode, Big Smo sent for girlfriend Whitney and his girls--which kind of gives you an idea of the type of show this is--for the featured concert. And, bringing Whitney on-stage, he poured his heart out, letting his “Kinfoke”--i.e. fans--know just how much he loves her, asking Whitney to be his wife, even changing the lyrics to one of his more popular songs, explaining that he was no longer comfortable with its anti-marriage message. It was a nice moment and, hopefully, signs of good things to come from 'Big Smo.'

'Big Smo' airs on A&E on Wednesday nights at 10:30 ET/PT.

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