As the premieres of the new fall shows approach, we'll be giving you a peek at this fall's newbies and our opinions on each network's new shows all week!
Check out the FOX Fall Preview, the NBC Fall Preview, the ABC Fall Preview, the CBS Fall Preview and today, The CW's preview below! Best of all, 2 of The CW's new shows are premiering next week, so you won't have to wait long to check them out:
Melrose Place (2009) - Premieres September 8th
I'm not going to lie. I got all huffy when The CW announced a Melrose Place reboot/remake and vowed that I wouldn't watch ("First 90210. Now Melrose Place? What is this? The '90s?"). But...after watching the previews for all 3 of The CW's new shows, I actually think that MP is looking like the best of the bunch. I'm liking the cast - Michael Rady, Katie Cassidy, Jessica Lucas (we'll ignore Ashlee Simpson-Wentz) and some faces from the original, not that anyone of this generation will be able to recognize them or care - and the clips suggest a more cohesive plot than the two shows listed below - starting off with a murder mystery! And if nothing else, Melrose Place promises to be a deliciously trashy companion piece to 90210. Hey, it worked in the '90s, right?
Vampire Diaries - Premieres September 10th
I'm not saying that I won't watch it (or that it won't become The CW's next massive hit), but I'm sorry, I just don't think that this show looks that good. The CW is cleverly capitalizing on the vampire craze and have constructed what basically appears to be Twilight: The TV Show. Yes, I know that Vampire Diaries was a book series before Twilight and contains a different plot: 2 brothers, one good and one evil, both love the same girl - The CW and fansites remind us of this fact regularly - but if you just watch the trailer for Vampire Diaries, I can't help but feeling like it's a desperate attempt to jump on a bandwagon (even if the books came first...). What's more, some of the trailers really are edited in such a way that they seem like blatant rip-offs of the original Twilight trailer. What's more, I do believe that the point will come where people have decided that pop culture has become oversaturated with vampires. You might not be there just yet, but give yourself a little more time...
The Wild Card:
The Beautiful Life - Premieres September 16th
Much like the current state of health of TBL actress Mischa Barton, this show is seeming like a big wild card. In theory I like the concept - and it's a great companion piece for America's Next Top Model...a show about models! I also like the casting; Sara Paxton is a cute and appealing lead, the guys (Ben Hollingsworth, Nico Tortorella, High School Musical's Corbin Bleu are all oh-so-pretty) and if Mischa Barton can stay out of rehab...you can't deny that she's perfectly cast here. My concern for this show is that its plot is underdeveloped. The previews aren't giving us much more than, "Models! Pretty!", complete with some scenes of everyone looking pretty, Paxton looking doe-eyed and Barton looking angry. Is there enough here for a whole show? Depends on what The CW does with it.
Saved for late fall/midseason:
Which of The CW's new shows will you be checking out? Not gonna lie, I'll probably be watching them all...