So many new shows today! I use the term "new" quite loosely, but what do you expect? As for casting, we say goodbye to one resident of The Hills, and hello again to a familiar face on House. Oh, and Paula is still around.
Mischa's back, but O'Malley is not. Another show jumps on the flash-forward bandwagon (no, it's not One Tree Hill for the 17th time), and Coldplay is going to be on The Simpsons! Keep reading for all the other reasons why it's not a horrible day to be TWoP News.
Hey, everybody -- there's going to be a reality version of The L Word! Literally -- Showtime has ordered a series they're calling The Real L Word, a docudrama about six lesbians going about their lives in Los Angeles, which Variety's describing as "the lesbian answer to Bravo's Real Housewives franchise." Why not? Obviously, we need more reality shows. Everyone knows we don't have enough. (Sad disclosure: I'm only half-joking.) In the spirit of embracing the inevitable, here are a few other current scripted shows that I'd actually watch reality versions of.
If there was any doubt as to whether Seth Rogen likes porn, it can be put to rest now that the word is out that he's developing a porn-centric show for Showtime. I get that all dudes look at porn, and that their predilections are often mined for comedic value, but it's one thing to make a joke or two at your own expense and another to build a career on your wanking tendencies.
Over the course of the last few years, Showtime has been working hard to shed its image as HBO's nerdy younger sibling. Like a pubescent high school girl who's evolved from tentative nerd (Angela Chase) to popular ho (Kelly Taylor) to reckless bad-ass who just don't give a fuck (Marissa Cooper), we've seen the channel blossom before our very eyes. They brought us The L Word and Queer As Folk -- because it's natural to experiment. Then came Weeds --- because everyone knows that drugs make you cooler. Then came the much-anticipated Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Because everyone loves a slut. And just yesterday it was announced that the premium channel has picked up United States of Tara, a new comedy series penned by tattooed It-screenwriter Diablo Cody about a woman with dissociative identity disorder. Because if we learned anything from Britney, it's that mental disorder is the new black.
It's a British Invasion this week, with two classic Brit TV series getting remastered and reissued, as well as a U.S. series starring a British actress playing an American, back when that wasn't an everyday occurrence. But there are a slew of very American TV shows to counter them, including one starring a famous American road. Yes, the show's star is a strip of asphalt.