Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The bitch is back

Internets, I think it's clear that this panda watches an unhealthy amount of bad television. So it should be no surprise that I actually think about television ... a lot.

Lately, I've been ruminating on the character of Georgina Sparks on Gossip Girl. An old friend of our heroine's Georgina has returned to New York to wreak havoc on a clique of well-heeled high schoolers. She's drugged her best friend, assumed a fake identity to steal her boyfriend and blackmailed her with a sex tape/snuff film. And all in three episodes! She's despicable and she's vicious and she ratchets up the OMG factor in this show.

It's much like when Heather Locklear joined the cast of Melrose Place in the second season. Before the appearance of Amanda Woodward, our friends at Melrose were pretty tame. After, the series soared to camp heights where outrageous plots and catfights were the norm.

Similarly before that, Joan Collins spiced up Dynasty as Blake Carrington's ex-wife Alexis. What was once a tepid television series quickly became a showcase for extravagance and measured lunacy.

I guess there's just something about a female television character whose moral compass is askew that lights my fire.

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