"The L.A. Complex" on CW - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 09-18-2012, 12:14 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Special Member
 
Brian Conrad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Martinez, CA, USA
Posts: 4,132
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 176 Post(s)
Liked: 149
Since there is no thread for this I thought I would start one as I have been watching from the beginning. Though targeted at the usual younger CW market this show is surprisingly honest about the entertainment industry. It also co-starts Jewel Staite ("Firefly", "Serenity'). A show like this shouldn't be too hard to do as industry people should have tons of tales about the hard knocks of the industry but generally the industry prefers the "Horatio Alger" rise to fame stories probably because Los Angeles needs more waiters and bar tenders. biggrin.gif
Brian Conrad is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 09-18-2012, 10:14 PM
AVS Special Member
 
Aleron Ives's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 2,837
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 328 Post(s)
Liked: 374
Martin Gero (of Stargate Atlantis) is behind it, so that helps. It's sort of like the 2009 Melrose Place, except with semi-likeable characters and stories. rolleyes.gif It was kind of funny the way Chelan Simmons got replaced with Dayle McLeod in season 2. Perhaps MuchMusic thought her storyline would be too offensive for the CW, so they axed her arc for something more palatable to an American audience to keep the show airing in the US.
Aleron Ives is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 09-19-2012, 11:58 AM - Thread Starter
AVS Special Member
 
Brian Conrad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Martinez, CA, USA
Posts: 4,132
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 176 Post(s)
Liked: 149
I don't know why when "Heroes" on NBC had the Ali Larter character running an online porn site. What I like about the shows writing is the storylines take a twist you don't expect and when things are really harsh some "heart" is also displayed. "Entourage" was about a successful star and delved little into the struggles of those trying to gain entry. HBO's "Unscripted" did a fair job of the latter though.
Brian Conrad is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 09-19-2012, 03:12 PM
AVS Addicted Member
 
Charles R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 10,147
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 213

I found this show in reruns and caught most of the first season. I can't be too kind as I find all of the characters to be caricatures. Their story arcs appear to exist only to tell a story rather than experience their life/adventures/whatnot. At times it feels like they are puppets being controlled by the script. Such as the entire show comes across as an opening recap of previous shows. Also, the storyline appears as simplistically driven from one arc to another. I can't think of one character that has any real depth to them. At least actually played out within the storyline.

 

Not to say there isn't any redeeming value. Like Revenge if you enjoy having your story spoon fed with zero character investment it's great. :)

Charles R is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 09-19-2012, 04:15 PM
AVS Special Member
 
Aleron Ives's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 2,837
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 328 Post(s)
Liked: 374
That's why it's summer filler. It's a little mindless entertainment to tide you over until the good shows come back.
Aleron Ives is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 09-19-2012, 04:47 PM
AVS Special Member
 
Church AV Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: High Desert, California
Posts: 4,610
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
Liked: 56
Given its ratings, I can't understand why it's still on the air. I don't MIND it's still on the schedule as I ignore it, but by the numbers, it looks like a loss leader.biggrin.gif

Luke

Evil is charming and beautiful. It makes you doubt yourself. It asks for one small compromise after another until it whittles you down, and it functions best when no one believes in it.-JOA
Church AV Guy is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 09-20-2012, 12:19 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Special Member
 
Brian Conrad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Martinez, CA, USA
Posts: 4,132
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 176 Post(s)
Liked: 149
Season two winds up next Monday with two more back to back episodes. The is a summer series which went on hiatus for about a month then came back as "season 2". As to why it was renewed for another 12 episode season it's a Canadian series and got good ratings there:
http://www.ology.com/app.php/post/80194/four-reasons-why-the-l-a-complex-was-renewed-and-the-secret-circle-wasn-t

Sure it's not HBO but fairly good and I didn't care much for other CW series I find too juvenile or light. About the only other CW series I'm a fan of is "Supernatural" because it is very creative and I shows about the occult. I've been in the entertainment industry all my life with music and video game development and some television. If it isn't popular in the US it's probably because the target audience wants Horatio Alger rags-to-riches fame stories not the reality that the entertainment business is tough.
Brian Conrad is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 09-26-2012, 11:36 AM - Thread Starter
AVS Special Member
 
Brian Conrad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Martinez, CA, USA
Posts: 4,132
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 176 Post(s)
Liked: 149
I was kind of disappointed in the last 4 episodes. It's like the Canadians are used to shorter seasons and had a tough time with more episodes which might have been ordered by CW. The CW didn't mention a comeback though it has been renewed in Canada.
Brian Conrad is offline  
Reply HDTV Programming

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off