After spending 14 days in a patriotic fever while watching the Summer Olympics, I feel like a heretic saying that the best new drama to air on The CW since, like, ever is actually an import...from Canada. (Calm down, Supernatural and Vampire Diaries fanatics — I'll respect your right to exist if you respect mine.) But it's true: This soapy dramedy from the Canucks who brought us Degrassi weaves an unexpectedly smart and honest tale about young fame-seekers in the City of Angels.
Initially, the action centered on Abby (Degrassi: The Next Generation's Cassie Steele), a ridiculously gorgeous aspiring actress who's fled Canada for the glamour of Los Angeles — a town she quickly discovers is built on the crushed dreams of ridiculously gorgeous aspiring actresses. Broke and annoyed, she takes shelter at a crappy motel nicknamed the Lux, which is what Melrose Place would have looked like if it rented rooms by the hour. Of course, behind each of the Lux's grimy doors is another Hollywood hopeful, including Nick (Joe Dinicol), a sweet stand-up comic who usually bombs with jokes and women; Raquel (Firefly's Jewel Staite), an aging (read: almost 30) former teen star who's now reduced to accepting a spot on Celebrity Halfway House; and Connor (Jonathan Patrick Moore), a dreamy Australian actor starring on a new medical show.
These folks may all be young and pretty, but they also make bad, sometimes desperate decisions in their quest for fame. After Abby earns a hard-fought spot on Saving Grace, a 7th Heaven-like Christian drama, her gig is threatened when her costars pressure her into a threesome; and Nick beats out his much funnier crush Sabrina (Georgina Reilly) for a job on a late-night talk show by becoming the head writer's brothel buddy. Even the ones who've actually made it aren't immune to the pitfalls of humanity.
Superstar Kaldrick King (Andra Fuller) — a closeted gay man trapped in the shell of an angry gangsta rapper — struggles daily to balance the expectations of his audience, his producers, and his soul.
And Connor, a guy so damaged from his abusive past that he often burns himself with boiling water, finds a much-needed mother figure in fortysomething A-list actress Jennifer Bell (Krista Allen). That wouldn't be so weird, except for the fact that she's paying Connor to play her boyfriend in public.
All of this makes the residents of the L.A. Complex far more interesting, relatable, and likable than the glambots we normally see on L.A.-set dramas — like, for example, The CW's ill-conceived Melrose Place reboot. Their cautionary tales never become dreary, thanks to artful, funny writing that examines the absurdities of Hollywood life with a wry frankness, as when the delightfully acerbic Raquel orchestrates an image makeover on Celebrity Halfway House.''If we could move away from this crazy misconception that I'm a bitch and start organically developing me as a compassionate and loving individual,'' she snaps to a producer, ''that would be super.'' L.A. has definitely given these people a complex, and it's very entertaining to watch. A-
There's good and bad news for CBS in GLAAD's latest network responsibility index, which tracks portrayals of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in primetime.
The CW, which CBS co-owns with Warner Bros., was again ranked number one in the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people on primetime broadcast TV. But CBS, the most-watched network, ranked last and received a "failing" rating.The CW received a "good" rating, and 29 percent of its primetime programming hours were found to be LGBT-inclusive.The CW also registered the most racial diversity, with 62 percent of impressions made by LGBT people/characters of color."With the addition of drama 'The L.A. Complex,' The CW is... one of the few networks on broadcast or cable to feature black LGBT characters in lead or supporting roles," GLAAD said.The CW was also rated first in LGBT inclusion last year. It is the least-watched broadcast network.
ABC, home to "Modern Family," was ranked second in the study, with GLAAD finding 27 percent of its primetime hours to be LGBT-inclusive. It bumped Fox, ranked second last year, to third this year, with 24 percent. ABC's "Modern Family" broke ground in primetime by prominently featuring a gay couple, Mitchell and Cameron, with an adopted child. Fox's "Glee" features prominent gay characters and has addressed issues including homophobia and bullying.
NBC remained in fourth with 19 percent. The network's new season includes "The New Normal," a show about a gay couple adopting a child. GLAAD said only 8 percent of CBS's primetime hours were LGBT inclusive. The network fell from an "adequate" score last year to a "failing" one. This season, the network's shows include "Partners," about gay and heterosexual best friends and business partners."At CBS our commitment to diversity is unwavering," the network said in a statement.
"We are proud of our initiatives across the Network designed to increase diverse representation in every part of our business. We value our ongoing dialogue with GLAAD and we will continue to work with them closely."
Among cable networks, Showtime (46 percent inclusive), ABC Family and TNT (both 34 percent) and HBO (33 percent) all received "good" ratings. MTV (23 percent), which received an "excellent" score two years ago, received an "adequate" this year, (All they gotta do is make Stiles "experiment" on Teen Wolf) as did FX, TLC, and USA. GLAAD highlighted ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars" as that network's "strongest series in terms of LGBT representation and diversity."TBS received a "failing" rating for the fourth year in a row. History was also found to be "failing."
“Americans expect to see their off-screen worlds represented onscreen and today more than ever that includes LGBT people and families,” said GLAAD president Herndon Graddick. “Storylines of families like Mitchell and Cameron on 'Modern Family' and young people like Emily on 'Pretty Little Liars' are not only growing acceptance of our community, but have found praise from viewers and critics alike at a time when visibility and acceptance of LGBT people is at an all-time high.”
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Best new show of the year...it is everything other shows won't touch about how Hollywood is..being on the D/L, morality clauses, *fake* relationships, sweetening deals with execs., faking reality t.v., etc.
*Edited*- The show is called "The L.A. Complex."