When will The CW end its obsession with rich, pretty young people complaining about every aspect of life?
Yes, I'm still watching this show. What? You can judge all you want, but I'm going to watch this teen drama until the bitter end. Although, the current storyline about Annie and her stalker/would-be rapist/blackmailer of a former boyfriend is really pushing me to the brink of deleting my season pass. Seriously, wrap it up already. And you really don't need to show her confession letter (she did a hit-and-run on a homeless guy, who is Jasper's uncle) auto-saving in Word to telegraph that it is going to come up later on in the season. We already know that she's a moron who doesn't understand how to properly delete files or use a computer.
So now that Adrianna's career has gone kaput and she doesn't have a massive McMansion to hang out in, and now that Naomi has finally put her teacher/stalker/rapist in jail, the girls decide to go to the spa to work it out, and they bring along Annie and her annoying Single White Female cousin just for fun. Basically, it seems like the show just wanted an excuse to show them all in skimpy attire.
This show is over... for the season. I wish I could be reporting that it was the series finale. But it isn't. It will be back next year. It's not that it's a terrible show, per se. It's just disappointing. I think I'd rather be watching reruns of the original version. I hope that next season they really up the ante and make it more exciting.
Well, it's the season finale of Privileged, or as I like to call it, Sex and the Miami McMansion Maid's Quarters. Frankly I'm a little shocked that it's actually managed to stay the course for an entire run. In this less than nurturing television climate, it's sort of amazing that a quiet little Chick-Lit series with a color palette straight out of a Delia's catalog would make it this far. I mean that as a compliment, people! Sure, the show's not as lurid as 90210 or as stylish as Gossip Girl, but the dialogue's snappy and smart and the plots, while not always as compelling as, say, the Blair-Chuck trainwreck, are consistent and well crafted. And it's rare and serendipitous when shows like that actually gain enough of an audience to keep on rolling, am I right?
October 31, 2009
Happy Halloween! In between handing out candy to grubby-handed children, tune in to Night of the Living Dead (AMC, 8:15 PM) and learn what real zombies are like.
November 1, 2009
The contestants take a "spooky trip to Holland" and one team must reveal a personal secret to the others on The Amazing Race (CBS, 8 PM). What's so spooky about Holland? Is it the windmills? I thought so.
At this point, are we even sure that Dr. Drew is a real doctor? Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew (VH1, 10 PM) premieres tonight. Unfortunately, the show does not feature any recognizable celebrities and there's no David Duchovny. Well, maybe that's a good thing.
I woke up today with a question lingering on my mind. Who will be dressing Kim Kardashian in the future? Styl'd: Fashion 101 (MTV, 10 PM) follows a group of young people trying to become celebrity stylists.
November 2, 2009
After Barney gives terrible relationship advice to Marshall, Marshall and Lily have a huge fight on How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8 PM).
Reality TV just gets more and more sleazy. In the second season of For the Love of Ray J (VH1, 9 PM), we'll find out that the singer impregnated a contest on the show last season. Classy.
On the season finale of Greek (ABC Family, 9 PM), the Zetas break out in a highly choreographed dance routine. The very same thing happened in my British lit lecture once...there were a lot of stunted, awkward movements.
On The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 9:30 PM), irony takes hold and Sheldon teaches Leonard about football.
No bitchassness allowed. I Want to Work for Diddy (VH1, 10 PM) finds a second season's worth of unwitting victims willing to do Diddy's dirty work. And get him cheesecake.
November 3, 2009
In yet another revival of the classic miniseries and a TV series that failed the first time, V (ABC, 8 PM) will introduce us to the hot alien chick Anna, who is probably more evil than her cute pixie haircut shows.
Samantha Ronson guest stars as (gasp!) a DJ and Pharrell performs on 90210 (The CW, 8 PM). Also guest starring is Rumer Willis as Gia, who helps Navid investigate drug use at West Beverly High.
A year after the 2008 election, the HBO special By the People: The Election of Barack Obama (HBO, 9 PM) follows the President on the campaign trail.
Kathy Griffin dishes on her date with Levi Johnston, which probably sucked. Kathy Griffin: Balls of Steel (Bravo, 9 PM) marks her seventh stand-up special on Bravo.
A second season of Tabatha's Salon Takeover (Bravo, 10 PM) may make you never want to visit a salon again. Here's to hoping that Tabatha can repair all salons one clogged drain at a time.
November 4, 2009
Oh no! Poor Jules is challenged by her friend to spend an entire day by herself on Cougar Town (ABC, 9:30 PM). That's easy. Why doesn't she just sit alone blogging all day...oh wait.
The team on CSI: NY (CBS, 10 PM) will learn what food sploshing is. Hint: it's kind of sexual, and definitely gross.
In Flowers Uncut with Jeff Leatham (TLC, 10 PM), we'll learn all about the stressful world of floral arrangements.
Top Chef (Bravo, 10 PM) features an all-stars dinner tonight, and Stefan will start beef with Marcel.
November 5, 2009
On this week's Community (NBC, 8 PM), the gang finds out that Jeff is living in his car and wants to help out. Hopefully Jeff will be forced to live with Pierce and we'll find out what that old man does in his spare time.
Sam and Dean get sucked into an alternate universe in which they are characters in different TV shows on Supernatural (The CW, 9 PM). This is a total rip-off of the best John Ritter movie ever - Stay Tuned.
Following the disaster that was Stone Mountain, Georgia, auditions for a new TGS actor are held on 30 Rock (NBC, 9:30 PM).
More overgrown mean girls? Sign me up. Slade returns to The Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo, 10 PM) as Gretchen's new squeeze, and Jeana is broke. Supposedly.
Just in case you're tired of watching those two old guys discuss movies, The Rotten Tomatoes Show (Current, 10:30 PM) gives an honest spin on potential cinematic adventures. And you can even record a review that may air on the show.
November 6, 2009
Would you be interested in watching something depressing? Try Platinum Babies (WE, 9 PM), which documents idiot parents that spend $100,000 on baby showers for their kids. Nothing says stupid like gold-plated rattles.
You know that guy who wrote that terrible book that tells girls that some guy is just not into her? His comedy special, Greg Berendht: That Guy from That Thing (Comedy, 12 AM) airs tonight.
Yes, I'm still watching the 90210 remake. At least I can claim it's for work purposes. It's still not really good, and I'd rather watch the similarly themed South of Nowhere reruns, but it is far from the worst thing I watch on TV. Anyway, if you tuned out, like every other sane person on the planet, tonight is supposed to be a very special episode. Though how it can top last week's Silver Goes Psycho rampage, I'm not sure. That was hands-down the craziest, cheesiest episode to date. Anyway, tonight's installment brings another West Beverly alum back into the fold: Donna Martin may have graduated, but she's still stuck being friends with Kelly, apparently.
There was soooo much buzz around the 90210 reboot that it took a few episodes before people realized how mediocre the show actually was. Teen sex, drugs, pregnancy, divorce, adoption and porn are just as relevant today as they were when the original show aired, but a combination of insipid plots and crap acting by the core cast has made this revamped 90210 something of a disappointment. The one thing it has to recommend itself is a handful of familiar faces -- stars we know and love from elsewhere (Tristan Wilds from The Wire, Jessica Walters from Arrested Development, Annalyne McCord from Nip/Tuck and of course Shannen Doherty reprising her role as Brenda Walsh), who also happen to be the show's most engaging actors.
It seems strange to be writing about 90210 and Melrose Place being on back-to-back; it's so familiar and yet so... weird? It makes sense that if they were going to do a watered down version of 90210 that they'd want to do the soapier spinoff as well, but it just seems like they really should have left well enough alone. Still, it's too late for all of that wishing and hoping as both shows are on tonight.