Having pretty much given up entirely on showing actual Music Videos, and having already cornered the market on “unscripted” reality series featuring all the young adults your parents didn’t let you hang out with when you were a kid . . .
. . . MTV has decided to try its hand on “scripted” television series , that are
ripped off from inspired by OTHER successful shows and films. MTV’s most recent attempt at scripted fare, Skins, based on a critically acclaimed British series of the same name, was intially met with a whole lotta buzz-worthy controversy. Unfortunately, that controversy ultimately did not translate into ratings or advertising revenue.
Now, MTV has found a new target: Fangbangers, i.e. the same teens and young adults who have helped shows like The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Being Human achieve cult status, the world over. People like ME, and, I suspect, like YOU.
MTV’s Teen Wolf may share it’s name with a certain 80’s comedy film starring Michael J. Fox . . .
However, based on my review of the trailer — and the little bit of research I’ve done on the series, in general — the show actually seems to have a lot more in common with the recent onslaught of supernatural television series, than with any movie in which the so-called “Evil Beast” bears a striking resemblance to the “Teddy Bear I Still Sleep with at Night.”
There is no shame in Teddy Bears! OK? They don’t snore. They don’t drool. And they NEVER hog the blankets.
(In fact, Teen Wolf is actually SHOT right outside of Atlanta, Georgia, just a few miles from the set of The Vampire Diaries. So, if you do happen to catch a vampire roaming across your screen, while watching the new series, you’ll know why . . .)
Now THOSE are some SEXY extras!
Teen Wolf stars Tyler Posey as Scott McCall, the wolfy adolescent, in question . . .
For those of you who remember Tyler as “the cute kid from that awful Maid in Manhattan movie, starring J Lo” . . .
. . . be prepared to feel like a Big Ole Dirty Lech, because he’s SUPER hot now. And, if the trailer is any indication, he’s also at least partially NAKED for at least THREE-QUARTERS of the series!
Can I get a “HELL YEAH?”
“Scott’s story” is neither complex, nor particularly original. (Then again, judging by what you just saw above, does it really have to be?) To make a not-all-that long story, even shorter, our protagonist is a fairly run-of-the-mill high school student, living a, more-or-less, unremarkable existence in a Sleepy Town, where he doesn’t get out much, and, probably never gets laid.
“How do I KNOW all this about Scott?” You ask.
Well, let’s put it this way . . . if you DIDN’T live an unremarkable existence in a Sleepy Town, where you don’t get out much, and never get laid, would you REALLY think it was a good idea, upon finding something like THIS, in the woods . . .
. . . to go out LOOKING for it’s chewed up and spit out OTHER HALF?
But go out and look, Scott does! And I bet you’ll never guess what happens next . . .
That’s right boys and girls! Scott get “mysteriously” bitten by a “Strange Creature.” [Insert Evil Laugh here.] As a result, our Studly Man Child is left with a gnarly, but oddly attractive, gash on his toned little tummy.
Don’t worry, Scott. Chicks DIG scars!
It’s time to bring on the Supernatural Teen Show About a Kid with Strange Powers Cliches! Like, for example, the Modelesque Love Interest (played here by Crystal Reed), who is somehow unaware of how modelesque she is, and is, therefore, still a Really Nice Person who’s “fun” and “oddly quirky” . . .
They are probably going to meet in class. And he’s probably going to let her borrow his pen, while they engage in their Very First Eye F*&K . . .
And they called it “Puppy Love” . . .
The soon-to-be-couple is then going to probably have an Adorably Awkward (yet undeniably sexually tense) Conversation that is unfortunately interrupted by the arrival of Modelesque Love Interest’s Major Asshat of a Dad . . .
In this particular show, it looks like Dad may be the Major Villain of the story, leading his Red Neck Gang of Wolf Killers in a season- long game of Catch the Protagonist . . .
Rounding out this cast of characters will be the Sweet, but Dorky, Male Friend, who exists solely to (1) offer up mildly funny one-liners; (2) provide geeky insider information about Scott’s “condition” (discovered mostly through internet searching); and (3) illustrate first-hand just how much Scott has “changed” since his transformation, from the loveable loser that Sweet but Dorky, Male Friend once adored to . . . Roid Rage Man.
Also, let’s not forget the Alpha Male Douchebag, (Colton Haynes) who, deep down, has a heart of gold, and, probably a rich stuck up dad, who verbally (if not, physically) abuses him . . .
Wikipedia refers to this character as Scott’s “friend, Jackson.” That, admittedly, would be a bit of a twist on the old formula.
We’ve also got the Popular, Kind of Slutty Girl, who’s Really Just Insecure . . .
Then again, they can also turn this formula on its head, and make her the “Pining Gal Pal who’s Actually the Main Character’s Soulmate.” (The verdict is still out on this one, since she only appeared for about a second in the trailer.)
And finally, we have the Wolf Version of Damon Salvatore, and, to a lesser extent, Eric Northman . . .
This is Derek Hale (played by Tyler Hoechlin a.k.a. That Kid Who Used to Be on 7th Heaven.).
He’s the wolf who bit Scott “for fun.” He also always wears black, considers wolfishness to be a “gift that keeps on giving,” refers to Scott as his “brother,” and, more or less, just seems to KICK SOME SERIOUS ASS, and be a whole lot more awesome (not to mention, hotter) than the main male character.
Sound like anybody ELSE you know?
Now, that we’ve got the characters down, let’s run through some obligatory scenes we will MOST definitely see on this show, shall we? We’ve got the Sports Scenes (to appease our straight male viewers . . . or . . . perhaps I should say . . . straight male viewer?). . .
. . . the Sexy House Party with the Top 40 Soundtrack, that starts off Awesome, until Everything Inevitably Goes Wrong . . .
. . . We’ve got the
probably disappointing Jaw-Dropping First Transformation, which ALWAYS starts with the development of Dirty Yellow Fingernails . . .
(Why IS that, anyway? I’ve never EVER met a canine with fingers like that!)
. . . and ends with the Must-Have Glowing Yellow Eyes.
Top it off with a few Well-Choreographed Matrix-Type Fight Scenes . . .
. . . and a dollop of Supernatural Sex . . .
. . . and you’ve got yourself a HIT Series (maybe)!
But don’t take my word for it. Watch the trailer and see for yourself.
Teen Wolf is set to “transform into something hairy” on MTV on June 5, 2011. Will YOU see it?