It’s hard to believe that after replacing music videos with inspirational gems like Jersey Shore and Teen Mom that MTV could make any good programming. However, Awkward has proven to not only be a witty, entertaining series, it also gives voice to a whole generation. There are children raised on the avid vocabulary of Dawson’s Creek, the sexual freedom of a world with condoms in schools, and they’ve never seen My So-Called Life.
Jenna Hamilton (Ashley Rickards) is a smart but marginally unpopular high school student that loses her virginity to her teen dream Matty McKibben (Beau Mirchoff) and gets a mean mysterious letter all in one day. She has an accident and everyone thinks she tried to commit suicide. With her social life in the balance, she starts to make more outgoing decisions. Her allies include wacky wordsmith Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed) and meek and geeky Ming Huang (Jessica Lu). She records all of her musings on her blog. As the show progresses she gets into a love triangle and evolves as an adult.
The teen comedy subverts expectations by accepting certain truths about teenagers today. Teenagers have sex so Jenna has sex. However, she makes thoughtful choices of partners and has safe sex thanks to lessons from her former teen parents, Lacey (Nikki Deloach) and Kevin (Mike Faiola). Jenna also deals with all the complexities of DTR-ing or defining the relationship in a digital age.
One of the greatest parts of the show is Sadie Saxton (Molly Tarlov). The character is monumental because Tarlov has a couple extra pounds. It’s amazing to see a girl with a real body playing the popular girl and having the freedom to act however and say whatever she wants.
The show is hilarious but it really does address what’s going on with kids today. Over-exposure via the Internet, suicide attempts, drinking, drugs, and bullying are all issues kids struggle with but Awkward deals with them with a sense of humor and levity.
Jenna Hamilton captures the Millennial generation. She is educated but makes poor choices. She’s insightful but also slightly self-absorbed and entitled. She represents the every girl…except she’s way more witty, expressive, and self-aware.
Actress Nikki Deloach is a first-time mum after welcoming a son with her husband, Ryan Goodell. The Love & Other Drugs star gave birth to William Hudson Goodell in Los Angeles on Tuesday (22Oct13).
A representative for the actress tells Us Weekly magazine, "Mom and baby are doing well and the new parents are overjoyed at the arrival of their first child."
The couple married in 2009.
Skewering the politics of the left--and Michael Moore in particular--is not a terrible idea for comedy but American Carol doesn’t do it very successfully. Using the hackneyed uninspired approach of spoofing Dickens’ A Christmas Carol director David Zucker’s version has the Ghosts of John F. Kennedy (Chriss Anglin) General George S. Patton (Kelsey Grammer) and George Washington (Jon Voight) visiting a liberal documentary filmmaker named Michael Malone (Kevin Farley) in order to set him straight and teach him not to hate America but to embrace it in all its glory. Their goal is to stop him from helping a group of Islamic suicide bombers make a new recruitment film. In a series of gags American Carol presents Malone as a man who uses the medium to bash his country. He is portrayed as sympathetic to Nazis and Hitler responsible for 9/11 in bed with Middle Eastern terrorists--wrong on every possible issue and overweight to boot. After pointing out all his perceived evil the ghosts try to get Moore er Malone to see the light and change his ways. Apparently David Zucker--aware most of Hollywood leans to the left--got a list of actors known to be supporters of the GOP and hired them all. Voight Grammer James Woods Kevin Sorbo Dennis Hopper Robert Davi ET’s Mary Hart country singer Trace Adkins and even Zucker veteran Leslie Nielsen signed up to bash Moore using a sledgehammer approach as a substitute for the lack of a clever script. Occasionally thanks to an inspired casting choice here and there Carol is kind of amusing such as in a scene in which Malone and Rosie O’Connell (get it?) guest on the O’Reilly Factor. With Bill O’Reilly playing himself (and doing it well) actress Vicki Browne really nails Rosie who is presented as so far left she makes Moore look like Ronald Reagan. As Malone Farley (younger brother of the late Chris Farley) looks reasonably like Moore but doesn’t really get the mannerisms right. It’s not enough to try and get by just by putting on a baseball cap and glasses and hoping for the best. Of the rest Grammer comes off well as Patton delivering his lines with a lot more panache than they deserve. You know what kind of movie you’re watching when even Gary Coleman and Paris Hilton turn up for a bit. Zucker--whose films Airplane! and the The Naked Gun series specialize in inspired sight gags--seems to have forgotten how to make this style of throw-it-to-the-wall-and-see-if-it-sticks style of comedy work. Surprisingly the jokes are mostly verbal in this outing and the whole comic soufflé falls flat. Also the events of 9/11 are still too close to serve as a gateway for a few of the gags employed here. The premise is promising but the Michael Malone/Moore character is so far out he doesn’t resemble reality much less the famous Moore. Blaming him for all the ills of the world may be cathartic for the ultra-conservative base Zucker is apparently aiming An American Carol at but there needs to be more than just a kernel of truth to make these jokes zing. Instead what could have been an amusing riff looks more like a propaganda film out to destroy Moore rather than spoof him.