The L.A. Complex: Is This the New Melrose Place?

by Angel Cohn April 25, 2012 6:13 am
<I>The L.A. Complex</I>: Is This the New <I>Melrose Place</I>?

The L.A. Complex is a Canadian export that is airing on the U.S. on The CW. It's in keeping with the network brand and an oddly suitable pairing for its increasingly ridiculous 90210 series. Particularly since this new (at least to Americans) show is essentially an alternate version of the Melrose Place update that was cancelled by The CW a couple of years ago. And while L.A. Complex isn't at all what you'd call a good show or remotely original, it's more watchable than MP 2.0, though maybe only slightly. It doesn't help that Complex starts off with the most annoying song of all time, making us feel like we're being forced to sit inside an MRI machine, though once you get past that, there's plenty of entertainingly mindless fluff to enjoy. Here's how the two series compare:

We Need A <i>Melrose Place</i> Remake Like Kimberly Needed That Hole in Her Head If Denise Richards fabricating a story about how her assy reality show It's Complicated is getting picked up for another season has taught me one thing, it's to not trust what dumdum plastic surgery victims/"actresses" say about goings-on in the TV industry. Chances are, they're hoping people will accuse them of merely being confused rather than outright lying, and then realize, hey! That's not such a bad idea, what she said! Maybe we should renew that crappy show no one watched! With that said, I'm taking what Lisa Rinna has said about rumblings of a Melrose Place remake with a grain of Restalyne. I know she's hard up for work now that she's exhausted her second fifteen minutes as the token cougar on Dancing With the Stars, but let's not even put a bug in the CW's ear, OK? It's not fair to anyone.

TV on DVD: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

by Ethan Alter July 31, 2012 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dances With Wolves vs. Private Hudson? Game over man, game over.

TV on DVD: Tuesday, July 19, 2011

by Ethan Alter July 19, 2011 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, July 19, 2011

If you're just getting hooked on Torchwood in its current Miracle Day incarnation, here's a good way to catch up on all the good stuff you missed...

TWoP 10: Spinoffs That Were Better Than Their Original Shows

by TWoP Staff October 2, 2009 6:00 am
TWoP 10: Spinoffs That Were Better Than Their Original Shows

We're not sure that the world really needs a spinoff to Criminal Minds, but then again, we didn't think sub-divisions of Law & Order were necessary and SVU and Criminal Intent proved us wrong by being far more enjoyable than their mothership. And while spinoffs may not always grab us right off the bat (like NCIS: Los Angeles), sometimes a new series just needs a little time before it starts improving upon its predecessor. Case in point: The City returned this week with new characters and a compelling new focus that made it far more watchable than the now totally contrived LC-less The Hills. But these aren't the only shows that have been better than their originals. Here's our look back at the best spinoffs from the past two decades:

CW: Vampires and Models and Backstabbers Are in Fashion

by Angel Cohn May 21, 2009 3:02 pm
CW: Vampires and Models and Backstabbers Are in Fashion

The final upfront of this nutty week was actually the fastest. Thanks to The CW for having an audience with a short attention span and realizing that long strings of numbers were meaningless. There was a DJ booth and they provided snacks (some nuts and an apple). Promising start.



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