Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Nothing Guilty About It

One of my great pleasures in life is TV targeted at teenagers. I love it... pretty much all of it: good, bad, mediocre. One of my current favorites is, of course, "Gossip Girl," which has this great campy, soap opera thing going on. "Greek" is also, it's actually pretty well-written and well-acted, and despite the fact I was not a member of the Greek system in college, it just makes me happy. "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" is resoundingly terrible. I mean, it's awful. The acting is mostly bad, the romantic lead looks like a young Bob Saget (I do not consider this a plus) and, coming from the creator of "7th Heaven," it is, not surprisingly, incredibly preachy. But yet, oh yet, I watch. I eat up the terrible plotlines and stilted performances like I'm binge-eating the shitty generic leftover candy the day after Halloween.

So, of course, I was very excited about this week's two-hour premiere of the new "90210." And, as someone who willingly spends my precious few available minutes watching shows like "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," I thought it was pretty good. Perhaps a little light on the angst (other than giving a couple of female characters dyed black hair) but that can be fixed over time. I'm looking forward to checking it again next week before I completely formulate an opinion. But, for a remake, I'm optimistic. It helps that Brenda and Kelly made an appearance in the first episode. Bring back Dylan for a guest spot and I'll be sold.


brenner said...

Girls w/ dyed black hair? Too angsty for me. But keep us posted - I'm interested to hear where this goes.

Anonymous said...

Your TV preferences never cease to amaze me.

I just don't get the whole Gossip Girl thing. Someday, we'll sit down and you'll explain it to me.

Looking forward to the full rundown on 90210

Emily said...

I've never actually seen Gossip Girl, but I can't stand the promos where they show the two girls sitting by the pool and cut to clips of the blond one whoring around with, what I'm guessing is, every guy on the show. It seems very annoying.

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