'Keeping Up With the Joneses: The Wrong Nemesis' Review: Joneses will stop at nothing to protect family

The matriarch and her four stepdaughters have returned, bringing with them new foes and newfound allies


                            'Keeping Up With the Joneses: The Wrong Nemesis' Review: Joneses will stop at nothing to protect family
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'Keeping Up With the Joneses' returned to Lifetime in July with Season 2 in a succession of action-packed flicks for a special occasion. The first installment, titled 'The Wrong Nemesis,' premiered on Friday, July 8, 2022, at 8/7c exclusively on LMN.

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The popular TV event, which is scheduled to run four consecutive Fridays this month with two-hour-long chapters, did a great job of keeping viewers excited about the following chapters. After receiving rave reviews for their first season, 'The Wrong Valentine' actress, Vivica A Fox returns as the matriarch of a rich family, along with her four stepdaughters, who will go to any length to protect the pride of their family and company as they face challenges. The cast of 'Keeping Up With The Joneses,' directed by David DeCoteau and executive produced by Vivica, and narrated by Kandi Burruss, also features Ciarra Carter, Arie Thompson, Michael Pare, and Ted McGinley. The extraordinary cast also includes Sam Schweikert, Shellie Sterling, Marcos James, and Jasmine Aivaliotis, among others.

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Lifetime Movie Network has a talent for producing content that keeps viewers riveted to their screens, and its latest offering, 'Keeping Up With the Joneses: The Wrong Nemesis,' is all you'd expect. The plot centers around the Joneses family, the closest thing the Pacific hills has to the Royals, and their struggle to get back on their feet following a tragic event. With new husband Webb (Ted McGinley) now "presumably" deceased, Robin (Vivica A Fox) is poised to receive yet another wealth with a little help from the family's lawyer, Sheldon (Michael Paré). The Joneses intend to give back to society through their new philanthropic endeavors as a result of their newfound fortune, owing completely to the family lawyer. However, others do not regard the family's good deed as highly as they would want.

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The Joneses are enjoying the tranquility for the time being, but danger always finds a way in. Carrie (Ciarra Carter) has never cared about the family company. She has been concentrating her charitable efforts. However, now that Lance (Williams) is at her side and acting as a full partner, she wishes to assume her position in the company. Lance suggests to the Joneses that they strike a deal with some of the city's landowners now that they can wager on the price of water. If the Joneses owned the land and controlled the water, they could determine the direction of water pricing and make millions. This little proposal paves way for Lance into the family.

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With the little sister now attending community college, Tara (Jasmine Aivaliotis) meets Richard, an attractive and gullible professor who becomes embroiled in an illicit affair shortly after their initial encounter. Tara discovers the truth about her professor and his desire to capitalize on the Joneses' family name and money while looking for love. From here on out, it's a race between the two, with the professor insisting on his plan to make a fortune with Tara and the young Joneses sister refusing to fall for the deception. With Pam looking to expand their real estate with their new clean drinking water project, she's also been kept eye on by yet-to-be-met estranged daughter.

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Mama Joneses, on the other hand, meets with Lance one-on-one to learn more about his intentions with her stepdaughter and how he might assist them with the new project. Kayla (Shellie Sterling), on the other hand, encounters Carter (Sam Schweikert) in the pub, who sweeps her off her feet with his charisma and makes his way into her house. Later in the story, it is revealed that he was recruited by none other than Kayla's fiancé, William French (Marcos James). He recruited Carter to obtain things that he could use against the Joneses or, at the absolute least, Kyla.

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Pam meets Stephen Napoli (Chris Cleveland), the CEO of the construction company building the family’s new water facility for their new project. Adding to the family and business problems, family lawyer Sheldon is skeptical of Lance and his good intentions for the Joneses. He speaks with Robin and conveys his concern, telling her that her recent philanthropic endeavors may garner unwanted attention. Assuring that she knows what she's doing and whom to trust, the water project eventually gets underway, only to be vandalized sooner than expected. Stephen assists Pam in determining who or what is attempting to demolish the Joneses' business/philanthropic venture as their first suspect, a radical environmentalist group named MotherEarth gets squashed.

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Pam's estranged daughter Eve Prescott shows up at Pam's workplace as the police are still searching for Webb's body. Taken aback by the entire encounter with her daughter, whom Pam had given away at birth, Pam goes to Sheldon for more information. Pam finds herself in a dilemma when Sheldon fails to explain why Eve has decided to show up after all these years and opens up to her family. While the family seems to be supportive of Pam, a few of them appear to be skeptical about Eve's plan to return.

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The most thrilling part of 'The Wrong Nemesis' has to be the climax and preview for the series' second chapter, in which it is revealed that Webb is NOT DEAD. He's been preparing and scheming his comeback for a long time to reclaim what he believes is rightfully his. In the second chapter of the series, 'Keeping Up With the Joneses: The Wrong Murder,' Pam introduces her daughter, Eve, to the rest of the family, William meets Kayla, and Webb, who was thought to be dead, reappears!

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While the plotlines that are left hanging without a satisfactory conclusion are vexing, we're hoping that they'll be handled in the future. Furthermore, this isn't the end of the Joneses family, as this four-part series has still to give more delectable drama in which the exquisite characters can strive to make the loose plot threads simpler to swallow. The performers continue to know how to bring their characters to life, and the screenplay helps by enabling certain characters to exhibit new sides of themselves as things heat up. The cast is mainly composed of Black actors. The supporting cast is also highly varied. This movie is much praised for stating everyone's name and relationship at the beginning, as things can fade a little for anyone trying to catch up with the Joneses after a year-long hiatus.

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The return of Kandi Burruss as the narrator further adds complexity to the story. The series returns to LMN on Friday, July 15 at 8/7c with the second part, 'Keeping Up With the Joneses: The Wrong Murder,' which looked good in the preview.