Tuesday, January 16, 2007

New Shows: The Hills and Dancelife

The Hills

The Hills is back for season two - time to get re-united with our old friend and Laguna Beach grad LC/Lauren and her cohorts. Last time we saw her, she had given up a Teen Vogue internship in Paris to spend her summer in a Malibu beach house with dud-BF Jason and what happens? They fight everyday and break up. Nice. And it only gets worse! Her editor boss tells her that she "will always be known as the girl that didn't go to Paris" PLUS she has to listen to fellow intern Whitney (who ended up doing the Paris internship instead) brag about her amazing experience there and hanging out with Coco Chanel, blah blah blah. You know, usually I like Whitney b/c she seems to be the only normal girl but sometimes she seems to be in her old world and, as Jennifer Aniston would put it, she seems to be missing a "sensitivity chip".

But what's MORE interesting is the dilemma facing Heidi, Lauren's roommate. She's dating this tool, Spencer, who apparently is also dating Heidi's former friend, Audrina (what a goofy name! heehee). So now Heidi isn't talking to Audrina. I'm still trying to figure out what's going on in this triangle b/c someone is not being upfront. Audrina makes it sound like Spencer likes her but she would never be into him. Yet she goes on these lunch dates with him where he gives her flowers. She must know that's not right! Spencer seems to act like he's not into Audrina but yet he brings her to this club opening where Heidi is working the front door! PLUS he openly flirts with Audrina in front of Heidi! What the heck? Obviously, he's familiar with the show, he must know he's gonna get caught being such a sleazoid. I don't get how people on these shows act like such idiots. And he's not even cute!!! What do either of them see in him? And the worst part? Heidi thinks she's preggers!!! Uh oh...


I also caught the premiere of MTV's new dance show. I didn't know what it was about except that it was a bunch of dancers and J Lo was involved. It's actually another reality-drama show like Laguna Beach (henceforth to be referred to as LB on this site) and The Hills. There's about six different dancers whose lives are documented as they try to make it big in LA. The cool thing is that they are all in different stages, some who don't have any professional experience and some that have already appeared in videos and concert tours but still need to keep auditioning because that's the dancer's life. The funny thing is that the cattiness shows up with the boy dancers while the girl dancers bond when they all get cut from a J Lo audition. Catty boys, cool girls - what a refreshing change! We'll see how long that lasts...

I don't think either of these will make my must-see TV list (like Grey's and The Office) but I'll check in from time to time. These new breed of "scripted reality" shows or whatever you call them are pretty interesting. Some scenes just seem so staged but I still watch anyway. At least both of these are way better than the lame 24/7.

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