Hey, look, I fail at posting. What a surprise. I just never seem to have anything to say these days.
But right now, I have this to say: I see much TV love on my flist. Supernatural, Friday Night Lights, Doctor Who . . . this is all well and good. Television squee is fun!
But why, children, why is there no love for Gossip Girl? Ratings, from what I hear, will attest that no one is watching it, but hey! The CW picked up a full season anyway. So have no fear of falling for a show that disappears.
Why don't you watch it? It's the premise, isn't it? "Rich kids in New York attending private school together." Yeah, yeah, dime a dozen, next! Or maybe you picked up one of the books and couldn't believe the ridiculous plots that twisted three times in two chapters, and the paper-thin, unlikeable characters. I've read several of them this week, and yeah, there's not much to recommend them beyond the sheer "What the hell am I reading?" that permeates each page. Or maybe you just want Kristen Bell to fall off a cliff, and okay, I can't argue against that other than to observe that you can't cast a bitchy, gloating, know-it-all character better than that. Plus, she only does voiceovers, so you don't have to look at her.
But the other points. The premise bores on paper. When I decided to check out the pilot ep, I figured at best I was in for a brainless forty-five minutes of fluff. But halfway in, I was hooked, and that ties in to point two: this show has some depth. The plots are thoughtfully written and progress at a sane pace. The characters keep surprising me. Each episode is the best yet. Shall I sing the song of Blair, who one moment is viciously tearing at anyone who doesn't fit her ideals, and the next is showing her heart and breaking mine? Or Serena, the thoughtlessly hurtful belle of the ball working to overcome her nature and steeping in guilt over every setback? And there's Dan, your basic self-absorbed teenage boy trying to come to grips with the cruelty of Serena's world because he likes her so much. And we mustn't forget Chuck, who is oily and creepy and rapey and yet has proven his ability to bust out the badassery and be a friend to Nate, who is . . . uh . . . um . . . well, every show has its flaws. But I have a different favorite character every week, and I am loving the dynamics developing between the characters as the cast become more comfortable together. And did I mention they can act?
Gossip Girl airs Wednesday at nine on the CW. I have the first four episodes on my computer, and I am happy to share. Please watch this show. You'll be startled at how interesting and moving the dramas of a bunch of rich Manhattan kids can be.