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90210 3.13 “It’s Getting Hot In Here” Quick Thoughts

This season has definitely been the best so far for the reboot. This is partly why I feel the show has taken a step back in quality since it came back from its hiatus.

Naomi at the retreat

“It’s Getting Hot In Here” sees Annie, Adrianna, Naomi, Silver and Emily on a yoga retreat. Naomi grows from the experience, I was waiting for her character to do after Mr Cannon. The question is, what exactly has she let herself in for by staying at the retreat.

Adrianna has taken the opposite route and hasn’t grown at all. I enjoyed seeing Silver and Naomi call her out on playing the victim, when she caused everything by stealing Javier’s song. Adrianna doesn’t seem to know when to stop as she’s trying to sell her story. I don’t believe she has any good intentions of wanting to find her daughter; it gets her the attention she needs in the public eye.

The storyline with Annie’s cousin is a step back and I somehow feel it’s something that would have been better placed in season one or two. You can see Noami and Adrianna buying Emily’s lies but you would assume they would think better of Annie.

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Short Life Expected

It’s been confirmed Life Unexpected isn’t going to receive a back nine of episodes. Though the show hasn’t officially been cancelled it’s pretty evident that episode 13 will be its series finale.

Fans were worried when the show only received an order for additional scripts and The CW gave full season orders to freshmans Nikita and Hellcats as well as its more established line up. The show has been struggling in the ratings this season and seemed to be the show most likely to be cancelled first by the network.

When season one of Life Unexpected premiered I was one of its biggest supporters. I even went so far to voice why I would pick it over One Tree Hill if only one of them was renewed last season. Something has changed of late. Though I still watch it, I don’t have the same enthusiasm for the show as I did in the first season. I’ve been disappointed with certain aspects and I haven’t liked the path they’ve taken. My main issue has been about Lux’s relationship with teacher, Eric Daniels. Part of the problem is that this story is being done on Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars and in my opinion PLL is doing it better.

I’m still a supporter of the show and I do wish for it to continue. Its still a well written show with the potential to grow. This news doesn’t help but anything is possible.

Returning shows I’m looking forward to

After waiting all summer, the time has finally come for the shows that ended in May, to return. Thought there are many shows I’m looking forward to returning, there are some that I’m looking forward to more.

The Vampire Diaries
This show was one of the best new shows last year. It had the ability to keep me on the edge of my seat every episode and its finale was no different. It was a finale that had me buzzing about it weeks after I saw it. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it from the very first episode as I was rolling my eyes at yet another show about vampires but somehow it continues to be fresh.

Grey’s Anatomy
Like The Vampire Diaries, it was one of my favourite finales but for different reasons – it played upon the emotions. We were promised a game changer and it certainly delivered. How the characters deal with the aftermath is the question.

This show is in my top 5 shows and like the previous two, was one of my favourite finales. The show just keeps getting better with outstanding performances and storylines. With the alternative universe being shown more, the show looks to keep up its consistency of being something not to miss.

This is one of my favourite comedies and if you haven’t seen it already, just watch the episode Modern Warfare and you’ll be hooked. It has one of the best ensembles with funny and consistent writing. I shall continue to review the episodes on

Other shows that I’m looking forward to but just not as much
Life Unexpected
Modern Family
Cougar Town
The Middle
The Good Wife

Two shows that I was considering dropping form my viewing list were Gossip Girl and Desperate Housewives but the casting of Katie Cassidy and Vanessa Williams respectively have breathed a new sense of anticipation for me and I shall keenly watch to see how both shows utilize the actresses.

Melrose Place – international hit?

I have to say that I received a good laugh after reading Thomas Calabro, who plays Dr. Michael Mancini, recent interview on E!’s website.

It wasn’t because he thought Melrose Place was going to return or hint towards more cast from the original making a reappearance. No it was the statement about the show being an international hit. Here’s the quote “Here’s what’s going on with that: We’re coming back,” Calabro tells us. “Right now, we’re airing our first five or six episodes internationally, and I think the show’s a big international hit. That’s enough to bring a show back.”

I didn’t even know that it was airing anywhere else but the US and UK. I can’t speak for how Melrose Place is doing in other countries but it debuted, in the UK, with 113,000 viewers on Five’s digital channel Fiver, with another 7,000 on the catchup service an hour later. At the time, it gave the channel its best ever Wednesday ratings. However the second episode drew 89,000 viewers.

When Archer debuted a couple of weeks later, on a Thursday night, it gave the channel 159,000 viewers for each of its half-hour instalments at 10pm and 10.30pm.

It’s definitely not a hit here where a catchup episode of Desperate Housewives, shown an hour after airing can attract more viewers at 11pm then Melrose Place can at 9pm. I can’t say I know anybody that watches it and the media certainly don’t mention it any more when reporting ratings or anything else.

I have heard many times that US networks don’t look into international ratings. Why would they, if they don’t count online viewing from people in their own country. When does someone viewing in Boston, UK count the same as someone from Boston, US.

If The CW choose to renew Melrose Place, then it will be based on viewer figures in the US, money and whether or not they find something better to air instead.

Life Unexpected vs One Tree Hill? My choice is…

Early today The CW announced new season pick-ups for Supernatural, Gossip Girl, 90210, The Vampire Diaries and America’s Next Top Model. No news yet on Smallville, Melrose Place, Life Unexpected and One Tree Hill.

According Kristin at E!, only one will return between Life Unexpected and One Tree Hill. If it came down to a vote, my choice would be Life Unexpected. I have watched every episode of One Tree Hill but this season I’ve finally felt like this show has run its course. Story lines are not attention grabbing, things feel repetitive plus seven is a good number to end on. I don’t think the departures of Hilarie Burton and Chad Michael Murray played any part, as in my opinion, it was declining when they were on the show.

Most shows that start in high school, suffer through the transition when they move on to college. One Tree Hill jumped past that and at first it worked. I touched on a few points earlier in the season to why I was finding it hard to like this season.

Regardless of whether its renewed, this shall be the last season that I shall watch the residents of Tree Hill.

The reason why my vote is for Life Unexpected is that it’s fresh, fun and has intriguing dynamics. It’s a show that I’m not complaining about, I’m excited to see a new episode. Even my mother, who isn’t in The CW’s target demographic, likes this show. Yes, it is early days, but this show seems to be hitting the mark with fans and critics. I hope the viewing figures keep up and this show gets another season, maybe even a full season order.

Review: Life Unexpected – Rent Uncollected

With an average of 2.1m over their first three episodes, Life Unexpected has become an instant hit for The CW.

Life Unexpected is fresher than its lead-in, One Tree Hill, though it should be expected with the freshman show versus the seven year veteran but its more than that. It’s the way the dynamics are written, where the storyline started. We’re getting to know Baze and Cate the same way that Lux is.

Episode 3 delves into the families of Baze and Cate and shows that even though their parents were around, it was no picnic. It shows an excellent contrast into their upbringing versus Lux’s.

The dinner scene was both comedic and heartfelt; we got to see why Baze and Cate are the way they are. There were also big strides made between Lux and her parents.

In just three episodes, for me, this show has become the best non supernatural show The CW has aired this season. It will be interesting to see how the relationships develop and how the storylines playout.

Review: One Tree Hill – Don’t You Forget About Me

Though John Hughes has made two of my favourite films, the tribute that One Tree Hill paid to the late Hughes further solidified my argument that this show has run it’s course.

The episode was centred around Haley and Quinn organising an 80s themes party for the arts programme at the high school. Haley thought everyone had forgotten
her birthday, Junk and Fergie were helping Mouth find a woman using an online dating agency. Nathan and Clay had car trouble, miles from home and Jamie conspired to get himself left home alone on purpose. Cheap Trick also made an appearance and played a few of their hits during the episode.

Weird Science, Sixteen Candles and Home Alone were the main films the episode took its story-lines from. At times, they played out certain scenes exactly the same as in the film. I felt like I would be better off watching the films themselves.

This wasn’t a standalone episode but it did feel like a repeat of things they had already played out storyline wise; especially with Brooke and Julian. Though the tribute idea was good in theory, I think the execution missed the spot a few times.

The Vampire Diaries takes a bite in the UK

The Vampire Diaries premieres in the UK on Tuesday February 2nd. Already a big hit in the US, giving The CW some of its best ratings, ITV2 wasted no time in picking up the new show. The first couple of episodes were released on ITunes in November and to date, 10 episodes have been made available for purchase before the first episode airs in the UK.

Watch the trailer that’s been shown in the UK, plus a quick piece that ITN did about the show featuring Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley.

My Misses List of 2009

There have been a lot of best and worst of 2009 lists floating around and I thought I’ll do my own little list. I warn you now, that this isn’t your standard best show and worst show list. I’ve been a little inventive with my awards. I start of with the misses list.

What were you thinking? – NBC cancelling Southland before the new series was aired

I can’t believe you’re still on the air – Heroes

Hail Mary attempt at more viewers – Claire’s lesbian kiss, Heroes

It’s not what it says on the packaging – FlashForward. Some billed it as the next Lost, well it’s not.

I should really turn it over – The Cleveland Show

Stop and stare moment – Heather Locklear’s face. There’s something going on that I can’t quite figure out.

Biggest waste of an hour – The Beautiful Life

Biggest waste of half an hour – Hank

I like you but I couldn’t keep watching your show – Alex O’Loughlin and Alfre Woodard, Three Rivers

Is it you or your character that annoys me – Joseph Fiennes, Mark on FlashForward

Are you trying to kill the show on purpose? – Fox moving Fringe from Tuesday to overloaded Thursday

Do you want people to watch you? – NBC’s dwindling primetime scripted shows.

Most obvious outcome in a cliffhanger – Grey’s Anatomy with George and Izzie

The CW’s New Class

The CW has probably seen some of its best and worst ratings from its freshman shows in the fall season. Out of the three shows, one was cancelled after two episodes and another has been struggling from the start. Where did The Beautiful Life and Melrose Place go wrong and why has The Vampire Diaries flourished for the network?

I’ll start with The Beautiful Life, though I won’t go into it too much or I’ll repeat the same things that I mentioned in a post after the show got cancelled. What was meant to get people excited seemed to rest on three things. The fact it was centred on models, was meant to attract viewers of American’s Next Top Model, the television comeback of Mischa Barton and Ashton Kutcher as co producer.

Unfortunately for this show, that’s where it went wrong. Just because ANTM is popular doesn’t mean people want to watch a drama about models. Too much attention was placed on the fact that Barton was back on TV since her character was killed off in The OC. I don’t think people really cared and it might have actually put some off watching. Then comes to my last point, Ashton Kutcher fans might not want to watch a show that doesn’t actually show him. How much creative control did he actually have? It’s not like he’s a top draw producer/show creator where fans will follow every show they do.

If it wasn’t for The Beautiful Life, then Melrose Place would have been the worst performer from the start. MP’s ratings haven’t been great, stumbling behind 90210; both not being able to surpass 2 million viewers this season. The failures of Melrose Place is sort of similar to why 90210 isn’t working. Banking on fans of the original to follow it and forgetting about attracting viewers that weren’t fans and keeping them. It was something I touched upon before about TV remakes.

This brings me to The Vampire Diaries, based on a series of books. I’m not too familiar with the success of the books so I can’t say that was my reason for watching the show. Three things brought it to my attention; Kevin Williamson, Ian Somerhalder and vampires. Now I shall explain. I’m a Dawson’s Creek fan, I’ve watched Ian on Young American’s, Tell Me You Love Me and Lost. I also watched a lot of things involving vampires (Buffy, Angel, Twilight, Moonlight, etc). I think that as characters, vampires are complex and can be a writers dream, if they know what to do with them, other than make them drink blood.

Whether or not it was their complete intention, the timing of TVD was impeccable. With the success of Twilight and books being made into films/TV shows, there was a market to tap into. As we all know, things like this don’t guarantee success but it did get 4.8m viewers for the first episode. What keeps people watching is the cast, including Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder and the excellent writing. The mid-season finale had it all, with an ending that made you want to count down the days until the next episode, to see the conclusion.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not someone who’s only exposure to 90210 and Melrose Place has been in the past year or two. I did watch both shows when they were originally aired, though not in its entirety. There’s just a big difference in quality between Melrose Place and The Vampire Diaries and the ratings paint the picture. MP seems to lack a meaty storyline and real direction. Bringing Heather Locklear isn’t enough, she needs something to work with. There does seem to be a slight improvement and the last episode aired shows it. With the break and Auggie and Violet due to leave the canvas, they have a chance to make creative changes.

A new show will be joining the party in January. Life Unexpected is due to start in January. I’m quietly excited by this and it has the opportunity of being a hit for the network and I hope it is. The older shows like Supernatural, Smallville and One Tree Hill aren’t going to be around forever and The CW needs to find its next batch of hits.