So yesterday I heard the news that Knight Rider somehow got a full season pick up. How is this possible? I know not one single person (aside from the diligently devoted weecap writer Montykins) who was able to make it past the first episode. And I've got bunches of teenage boy cousins. I know NBC's lineup isn't super strong this fall, what with the Kath & Kim nightmare and the tediously boring Crusoe, but really, Knight Rider? I'm still stunned that it even made it past the TV movie stage. Good lord.
These three shows are going to head up the CW's fall roster: 90210, Gossip Girl, and Privileged (which used to be called Surviving the Filthy Rich), a show about some privileged people starring Anne Archer. Can anyone tell me the difference between these shows and why we need three separate shows about mean rich people on one network? Throw in a reality show about mean rich people (Stylista) and you've got a network on a serious appeal-to-people-who-just-can't-get-enough-of-mean-rich-people mission! Also, they cancelled Friday Night Smackdown (too many mean poor people on it?), which broke my heart into a million little pieces. Yes, I'm bitter.
Give me a bunch of bitchy, social-climbing rich ho's and I will happily sit for hours watching their every move and taking notes. (See Gossip Girl.) Make it a reality show and I will follow my TV into the fiery pits of hell (see The Real Housewives of Orange County, New York; The Hills) like a voyeuristic zombie freak.
I'm clearly not alone. It seems that moneyed asshole-centric programming has reached new heights, as one can see by not only the overarching success of the aforementioned shows but the slew of new ones filling up the fall calendar and beyond. There is, of course, the much anticipated return of 90210, some scripted series called Privileged, that reality Devil Wears Prada knock-off Stylista, and the requisite parade of E! specials that will doubtless document the excesses of the young, rich and annoying in that special way that only E! does.