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Just saw the final episode of Sorority Forever... There are still many unanswered questions. I'm hoping a second season is in the works real soon.

"Sorority Forever" Off to a Promising, Brief Start

I'm a big fan of the teen drama. Friends have speculated that it's because I haven't matured emotionally past the 11th grade. Whatevs. So watching the pilot of Sorority Forever, a show set in college, was a graduated step up in my scripted entertainment habits. Also, I am entirely creeped out by Greek life. Rushing. Pledging. Bidding. Paddles. The whole thing always seemed kinda drowned in Kool-Aid. But despite my prejudices, I was really excited by the trailer. Sex! Drama! Mystery! Pretty girls! Paddles! (Pretty girls with paddles?!) This is going to be really good. The series debuted yesterday on MySpaceTV and TheWB.com. It's produced by Big Fantastic (Prom Queen, Sam Has 7 Friends, Cockpit) in association with Warner Brothers' Studio 2.0, and teen genre vet McG (The OC, Chuck, Celebutantes) at the helm. It features some of the small small screen's bigger names including Taryn Southern (the Clinton fan in the bi-curious Hott 4 Hillvideo), as well as Lonelygirl herself, Jessica Lee Rose, who is no stranger to either sororities or scary stuff. Big Fansatic also brought back Mikaela Hoover and David Loren, from Sam has 7 Friends and Prom Queen, respectively. The first episode, “Sisterhood,� went up yesterday and it was, well, short. 2 minutes, 27 seconds, to be exact. I'm guessing that the words “millennials� and “attention span� were used in that decision. I understand where they're coming from, but haven't we reached a point in online video where if the action is good enough, the viewers will stick around regardless of length? Suffice it to say, not a whole lot happens in this episode: Julie (Jessica Rose), under pressure from her family, joins Phi Chi Kappa, the most exclusive sorority on campus, where there is something scary in the basement. I'm being a little facetious. The episode achieves what it set out to accomplish perfectly well and with TV-caliber production value. Sure, some of the acting and line delivery is a little over-the-top, but that's to be expected when you turn on a show about a sorority with a “terrifying secret.� It's a prologue to set the stage for characteristic bad things and intrigue to come. I'm looking forward to following Sorority Forever. The cultish vibe of campus Greek organizations is the perfect environment in which to set a creepy thriller. The short episodes do bug me a bit, and I may end up watching in weekly 10-minute chunks, instead of snacking daily. (In which case I'll have to be careful not to look at any of the characters' MySpace or Twitter pages before I'm caught up on the action.) Sorority Forever runs for 8 weeks, with a new episode released every weekday. In spite of what I previously wrote about TheWB.com when it was still in beta, things are looking much better now and here's to hoping they keep it up. source

In 'Sorority Forever,' sisterhood can be scary

Southern) star in "Sorority Forever." (Credit: TheWB.com) It;s a pop-culture staple to hate on sororities, and yesterday, the first episode of "Sorority Forever" premiered on TheWB.com (and also on MySpace thanks to a deal TheWB.com just announced). Now voyeuristic sorority dread has a home on the Web. Episodes will air every weekday until the finale on Halloween. Yes, spooky things are happening to the sexy sisters of Phi Chi Kappa, a "house" that keeps its members under constant video surveillance, subjects them to weigh-ins and sports an ominous red door in the basement. But the pledges are, of course, psyched to be chosen for this so-called "alpha sorority" -- except for the pretty, sullen Julie, played by Jessica Rose of "lonelygirl15" fame. Julie is being pressured to join by her older sister, Natalie, and for some reason their mother is insisting too. "You have no choice," Natalie tells Julie in the opening scene. "Phi Chi Kappa will change your life." As a production, "Sorority Girls" looks polished and technically disciplined. The first 10 episodes are all less than three minutes, and not a millisecond seems wasted. With this show, produced by McG (better known for candy-colored movies such as "Charlie's Angels") and made by Big Fantastic, the team who made the hit-or-miss (mostly miss) "Prom Queen" and "Foreign Body," you can see the outlines of the Web series genre beginning to solidify. Story-wise "Sorority Forever" is made of the same basic upscale soap opera stuff as a TV show such as "Gossip Girl," along with the mystery that drives a show such as "Heroes." But the scenes are all bite-sized. So it's sort of like M&Ms to a TV show's Hershey Bar. The show's big idea -- to take all the usual sorority stuff and give it a sinister underside -- is far from original, but it's sturdy. You'll be a member of Phi Chi "forever," Julie is told -- with a hint that "forever" might be longer than it sounds. The president, Bridget, is clearly a scary, scary control freak under her perfect smile, the hazing is slightly more cruel than necessary and everything about the sorority radiates hostility under the guise of sisterhood. The girls are humiliated if they're over a certain weight. ("Hit the gym -- nobody likes a fat girl," Bridget barks.) Bridget and her "assistant" spy on them. There's a fraternity nearby that also seems to know a lot about what's going on in the house... oh, and there's that red door in the basement -- menacing music plays when the camera goes near it. As Julie, Rose conveys the same innocence and wary stillness she did with lonelygirl's Bree. The rest of the cast has a standard plasticky-actress look, all suspiciously skinny-armed yet large-breasted, with avid looks on their faces. Rose comes across as a purer grade of beef, and her Julie, we soon learn, even has actual educational goals and political awareness. You're creeped out by the people you're supposed to be creeped out by, root for the people you're supposed to root for, worry about the people you're supposed to worry about. It's guilty-pleasure fun. I don't even mind that the mystery at the heart of Phi Chi Kappa seems fairly obvious by episode five. I wonder, however, about the one-episode-a-day formula. There are good things about being compact, but one M&M at a time doesn't quite take the edge off. -Maria Russo source