Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Pilot Review: Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl
Premieres September 19 at 9pm

I knew from the moment I heard about it that this was not a show for me. All my suspicions were confirmed by the pilot, which works off of some of the same ideas from "Mean Girls" but adds in the celebrity factor. It is all quite overdone with everyone at a party checking their phones every second and all the students, even the guys, obsessively reading this "Gossip Girl" column which Kristen Bell narrates. The cast is fine to look at but boasts nothing else memorable. Lead character Serena is too hard to figure out, as she is supposed to have been an out-of-control celebrity who is now a sweetheart, but there is just not enough background. The show also has one of the most vile television characters in recent history, in the form of regular rape attempter Chuck. The soundtrack is pretty hip and the show has a sense of itself. I am not a fan, but I am sure there are lots of teenage girls out there who will love it.

How will it work as a series? People love "One Tree Hill" and this is pretty much a more consistent version for the same audience. How big is that audience though?
How long will it last? It should make to a second season since CW shows (and UPN and WB shows beforehand) do not require sky-high ratings to stay on the air.

Pilot grade: C-

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