'Sister Sister' All Grown Up: 'Tia & Tamera' Premieres Tonight

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One is getting married, the other is pregnant. Which sister will steal the spotlight?

If you were glued to the TV in the mid-nineties like I was, you remember the ABC sitcom Sister, Sister. Twin sisters Tia (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) and Tamera (Tamera Mowry-Housley) were separated at birth and adopted by single parents with completely opposite personalities. Then they run into each other one day at the mall, screaming in unison, "That girl has my face!"

Despite differences in nature and nurture, their bond is undeniable. I mean, they have the same DNA. Their adoptive parents don't get along, but they all decide to move in together, because, well, it was a '90s TV show. It was the right thing to do.

 

We haven't seen much of TV's second-favorite twin sisters since Sister, Sister was canceled back in 1999. The reason: Neither of them had tabloid-ready problems to overcome, like so many other child stars. Well, okay. Maybe some of those outfits. But no drugs or eating disorders that we know of (message to Stephanie Tanner from Full House: I'm so glad you're meth-free now).

Tia and Tamera are all grown up now and back on TV in Tia & Tamera, a new reality show on The Style Network. The series follows the sisters as they prepare for two huge life events. Tamera's getting married, and Tia's pregnant with her first child. Did a sitcom writer think up this timing or what?! Madame Noire: Black Female Celebrities That Date White Men

Most of us want the limelight during a major milestone. After all, you only have your first child once. Ideally, the same goes for marriage, but well, uh... It's not easy when you have to share the spotlight with someone close to you: especially when it's your exact double.

Tia's in the third trimester of her pregnancy and working on a TV show. Tamera wants Tia to be the maid of honor at her wedding—years earlier, Tamera was Tia's maid of honor—but now it doesn't look like Tamera really wants to serve the same role. She's swollen and tired and accusing Tamera of being a bridezilla.

I'm not one to kowtow to any woman who gets engaged, but can we blame Tamera for wanting to be the center of attention on her special day? "A wedding only lasts a day," Tia reminds her. Motherhood is forever.

Oh, sister! Is Tia being a little smug or just honest? How would you enjoy your big moment if it became a sort of competition? Get ready for some potential twin tantrums on Tia & Tamera. The series premieres tonight, Aug. 8, at 9 p.m. EST on The Style Network.

Also, Essence recently interviewed Tamera: She discussed interracial love, awkward newlywed moments and wedding dancing debauchery. Check it out: 5 Questions With Tamera Mowry On Interracial Love

Will you watch Tia & Tamera?