Sunday, September 7, 2008

I Will Not Watch 90210

I Will Not Watch 90210
I Will Not Watch 90210

Picture me writing that out on a chalkboard over and over and over.

Here's the thing: I will freely admit that I enjoy TV and the mindless escape that it sometimes affords. I am fascinated by reality TV and the stupid things people will do knowing that the whole world will likely see them. I LOVE the Disney channel. It's cheesy and silly and sometimes too ridiculous even for me-but it cracks me up, nonetheless. And I enjoy the WB on occasion. Back in the day I was a hardcore "Buffy" fan, I definitely had my "Gilmore Girls" era and I still have a little bit of a crush on Tom Welling/Clark Kent from "Smallville." (But please do not get me started on the stupidness that was "Dawson's Creek" and '"Felicity"! Yuck.)

But I personally think the newest "idea" for the next generation of 90210 is disgusting. The original "90210" was insanely popular and pushed the envelope for TV back then. (If only that type of stuff were still pushing the envelope instead of being the norm these days.) The new "90210" looks like it will carry that pushing ten times further. I think it's awful that the producers are so excited to pander to the base audiences' desire for anything gratuitous and exploit the young actors/actresses, who should know better but probably do not, for their looks and desires for fame. I honestly would not be surprised if they manage to be the first cable network show that drops the F-bomb without punishment.

That being said, I refuse to watch that show.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to step off my proverbial soap box and go watch "Wizards of Waverly Place."


Alyson said...

I know, it looks horrible. I must admit, I was a big ol' 90210 fan in high school, but the new one looks ridiculous.

I'm still in my "Gilmore Girls" phase. I watch them over and over on the ABC family channel. Not only do I find the show well-written, but I relate to it since it is set outside of Hartford and I live outside of Hartford. Stars Hollow reminds me a lot of my town. My husband can't bear that show though. you've got the "Wizards of Waverly Place" theme playing in my head! :-)

Jen R. said...

I am so embarrassed to admit that I watched it...curiosity got the cat! Don't worry you didn't miss anything. It was really stupid. I'm a fellow MMB (mormon mommy blogger) by the way :)

Jen said...

Have to agree on this one - working in a highschool really puts into perspective how these shows relate (or don't relate) to real kids. I hate it that they watch this stuff! It makes it all look so normal and acceptable. I have these "discussions" with kids all the time. They have no idea.

Anyway, bravo for not watching, and I will gladly join your bandwagon:)

e. said...

Um, really questioning our relationship because of your hate for Dawson's Creek. I used to be a hater until Summer of 2005 and TBS's morning reruns. Not kidding when I tell you that I got up at 6:30 to be ready by 7:00 for the back to back episodes before I left for work at 9:00. Couldn't ever get over Felicity's voice to watch that one, though. Ah, the days of Favor of Love.

Barbaloot said...

Alyson---now the theme song is stuck in my head, too!
Jen R---don't be embarrassed. I'm sure I could easily get hooked which is why I have to avoid it all together!
Jen---I just can't believe that is what high school is really like. Granted I grew up in Utah...but there's no way HS has changed that much since I was there. I hope.
e---yeah, I remember how you used to watch Dawson's Creek when we lived together. And how I always went to my room when you did (or forced you to change it to something worthwhile like...Laguna Beach:)) cuz I just couldn't stand it! Stop blushin'-that's lame.

Peter & Katie said...

I remember the good ole days of having "study time" during Buffy and Gilmore Girls.

Shelle said...

Hmmmm...I did watch Dawson's Creek, but only because I was pregnant and there was a marathon of it on!

I LOVE me some Gilmore girls also! :)

Not sure about the 90210 yet! Never know what this empty brain will get sucked into! :)

Kelly said...

I don't know you, but Amen sister! I was interested when I saw they were bringing back a few of the original cast, but then heard Jennie Garth say that the show was going to push things intensely to the limit of what's on t.v. and I knew I'd never watch this junk.

Oh, by the way, it's NOT real life. Besides, I'm of the mind that our kids will buy what we tell them. Tell them that's reality and it will become their reality because they will expect it and make it so. So quit already people! (Hint: execs at NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, etc)

Thanks for your proverbial soap box!

by AnnieValentine said...

Why must we push? Why can't we just let them play with paper dolls and stay young as long as possible? I'm with you, these shows ANGER ME!

But I have to admit that while at BYU, I did watch one season of Felicity. But I hated myself for it, so it doesn't really count.

Carol said...
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Carol said...

I developed a love for Dawson's Creek whilst on bedrest during my 1st pregancy which only goes to show that I must have been beyond bored to have been adequately satisfied with teenage angst. Though Joshua Jackson helped me through.

The new 90210 has yet to be aired here. As a teenager I adored the original so now I am intrigued as to what they're doing to resurrect it.

Buffy Dayton said...

Why can't I be clever like you when I write my posts? I am going to try harder to be like you! I didn't even know there was a new 90210, but that is too bad that it is that way! I hate some tv these days, and wizards of waverly place is NOT one that I hate, I bet you thought I was going to say something else huh?

Lisa said...

Oh, Disney Channel! Isn't it funny how funny some of that stuff it? Every time my kids watch "The Emperor's New School" I have to watch it with them. A cartoon full of sarcasm? What could be better?