And so HBO's quest for the new Sex and the City continues. Take four women, stick them in a city, let them talk to each other a lot, particularly about sex. Hey presto! You have a new Sex and the City. Magic or what?
However, HBO's Girls has a lot better chance of being the new Sex and the City. I think. Trouble is, unlike Sex and the City which really was a truly universal show (if you took the trouble to watch it), Girls is a show that maybe only girls will watch. And I mean girls - or at least young women, here - because this is a show that (probably) has its finger so close to the pulse of young American women's lives (or at least East Coast, white, straight, middle to upper-middle class women's lives) that if it gets any closer, there'll be arterial spray hitting the walls in thousands of houses. And by girls, I also mean girls who love indie movies since this is effectively Sex and the City if it had been written by Ibsen on one of his cheerier days.
But I'm not a girl, so how should I know?
If you're in the US, you can see for yourself with the whole of the first episode on YouTube:
Otherwise, you'll have to make do with this trailer:
Less pleasing is the growing fear of women in some of these very same shows. Apart from shows such as Last Man Standing and Work It, which are essentially about men's fear of women, we have GCB - the show formerly known as Good Christian Bitches - which is all about grown-up mean girls. Ringer has Sarah Michelle Gellar being persecuted by her own twin sister. Revenge sees a woman trying to bring down the women (and men) who led to the ruin of her father.
Shows, in other words, in which women should fear women.
Now we have another show which can't bring itself to use the word 'bitch' but kind of includes it in the title anyway - Don't Trust The B---- in Apt 23. It's all about a naive woman who moves to New York and finds her life falling apart, in part because of a new, female, sociopathic roommate, whom she absolutely should not trust.
Apparently. Even though the bitch is friends with con artist James Van Der Beek. Yes, Dawson from Dawson's Creek. He's out to get you and your money. Turns out you can't trust actors either. Here's a trailer.
There are some people, it seems, who can more or less kill any project they're in, just through proximity. Jennifer Aniston, talented actress though she might be, can pretty much guarantee that any movie she's in will be terrible.
Then there's David Walton. Walton is the ebola virus to the immune-deficient patient of NBC sitcoms. He was in NBC's 100 Questions, which had its episode order cut down to six before it even aired, after which it was promptly cancelled. Then he joined one of NBC's 2011 mid-season replacements, Perfect Couples, which was practically DOA.
Now he's one of the two stars of Bent, in which he and Studio 60's Amanda Peet (could she be the next Jennifer Aniston?) are 'bent (but not broken)' individuals, she an up-tight newly-divorced lawyer, he a gambling- and sex-addicted contractor, both on the inevitable rom-com path to togetherness.
And despite the fact it has an excellent pedigree behind the scenes, zingy dialogue, and one interesting supporting character, there's not more than two laughs in the first two episodes (not even one laugh per episode) and it's got spectacularly low ratings, even for an NBC show.
David Walton has killed another show. Watch it splew blood in your face if you dare.
Here's a trailer, which actually doesn't look that bad. Don't let that fool you - wear a mask.
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.