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Thursday, September 20, 2007


The New TV Season: Gossip Girl

Wednesdays, 9:00pm (CW) starring Blake Lively, Chace Crawford, Leighton Meester, Taylor Momsen and Penn Badgley

In the moments before my brain exploded from tedium, I realized that if you were to turn the sound off while watching Gossip Girl -- Josh Schwartz's new drama about white, spoiled, privileged, bitchy teens in New York City -- it would be virtually indistinguishable from Schwartz's last series, The O.C....which was also about white, spoiled, privileged, bitchy teens (but in Los Angeles). Volume is really irrelevant; you only need the sound to realize how bad the dialogue is, and to hear the insipid voiceover of a gossip blogger (the unseen title character) telling you how the titillating hormonal goings-on are oh-so-scandalous. (Supposedly, Girl is based on a successful novel series that no one I know has ever read.)

A few years ago, there would have been an audience for this show; the teen-soap tradition is long and varied (90210, etc.). These days, though, TV's most-prized demographic prefers their television dramas to have a little faux verité...the dumb, sexed-up blondes and the brutishly vapid boyfriends on The Hills and Laguna Beach. Can a show as sauced-up and overblown as Gossip Girl cut it today? I doubt it. It reeks of desperate producers, trying to deduce what "the kids are into these days." Name-dropping MySpace isn't really going to cut it, grandpa.

The cast of very pretty newcomers is far too old (not one of these "prep school teens" is under the age of 25). But their skin is flawless, their highlights just so, and their acting skills severely limited...think Zac Efron, but less expressiveness. So I'll tell you what really matters: Chace Crawford is the hottest of the many twinky boys, and Blake Lively, as the "down to earth" Serena, is the most striking of many striking girls. There. You're all set.

Let's leave the poor writing, tired production design, and those irritating voiceovers untouched in this review. A show like Gossip Girl should be viewed, and judged, on its surface value. Because that's the only value it has, and the only one it cares about.



Blogger The End said...

Hi not a fan of the show but your facts are all wrong. All the actors playing the main teens are about 20-21 which is a far cry from 25. Plus the actress playing the one guys younger sister is only 14. She was the kid in The Grinch.

Your right about the Myspace name dropping though.

9/21/07, 3:38 PM  
Blogger ModFab said...

Just because their press bio says they're 21 doesn't make it true, dude.

9/24/07, 11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I personally read all types of books. Books considered to be among the IV leagues and then Gossip Girl, The A-List...dumb teen bubble gum books. I never carred for the O.C., but I adore GG. The show is not as good as the books at all, but it's not bad. In my personal opinion I think the girl who plays B is the most beautiful, not S...ewww she is plain.

10/7/07, 5:48 AM  

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