The CW has now premiered all three of its new fall shows, and after watching The Beautiful Life 'Pilot' last night, I think it's fair to declare that Vampire Diaries is the CW newbie winner... by a landslide.
And I didn't even like Vampire Diaries that much. But what I liked far less was the lack of absolutely anything happening on The Beautiful Life premiere which was supposed to be all about the scandalous drama of the lives of big fashion models. If they can find a way to make Melrose Place (2009) a more intriguing drama when it focuses on people trying to make it in LA with barely a glimmer of hope at success or fame, I can't imagine why TBL (FINE, I'll use your acronym, but not after the title!) wasn't at all dramatic or interesting.
Sure, it had some elements for potential drama including the "mystery" of why Mischa Barton's character Sonja disappeared from the runway for months, the rising star Reina having to take Sonja's place on the runway because Sonja didn't fit in the dress, the agent who hits on young boy models and the sleazy older agent (or whatever they are) hitting on every under-aged model he can.
Soo, sounds like a completely edgy and intense episode, right? Somehow... not at all. The pilot felt as if they had the shell of an idea of how to expose the drama and not-so-glamorous lives of models behind the scenes, but they didn't find a way to make us care. They also didn't work the dramatic elements they threw together in a way that worked at all. Along with that, they didn't do anything shocking or creative with this show. We've had enough model reality shows and peeks into models lives through movies and TV shows that made absolutely nothing of what they were doing with this show new.
We've seen the story about someone like Iowa boy getting discovered off the street, we've seen the story of how models are given a hard time about what they eat and drink, we've seen how cut-throat the business is, and how they can claw their way to the top. We don't need a whole show focusing on everything cliche we already know and have seen already.
So now the question is, was that all just feeling cliche because they had to give us an introductory episode setting up the modeling world and the characters before they could lay out any new and unique drama? Well, I guess we'll wait and see next week, but I fear most of us may not be returning to give them the chance to amp up the intrigue.
What did you think? Did you like the premiere and feel I'm being too harsh on this newbie? Do you think there's hope for improvement from here or are you dropping this one like a hot rock to watch tried and true Wednesday night TV?